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Chiropractic radiography Possession Licence

The possession of radiation equipment is regulated under the Radiation Safety Act 1999 to minimise the risks associated with radiation.

Chiropractic diagnostic radiography equipment includes X-ray equipment.

Know which form you need?

This page contains the following Chiropractor Possession Licence application form:

Who needs this licence?

You will need a Possession Licence if you seek have the overall ownership and control of X-ray equipment for diagnostic radiography. This licence is needed before a radiation practice can be carried out, including acquiring or using the X-ray equipment.

You can apply for a Possession Licence as a corporation or as an individual.

Chiropractic businesses will need:

  • Business licences—a person needs to hold a Possession Licence for the radiation equipment to take overall ownership and control of X-ray equipment for diagnostic radiography.
  • Radiation source approvals—each time before X-ray equipment can be purchased or otherwise obtained, the Possession Licensee will need to apply for an Approval to Acquire the X-ray equipment. This is to ensure proper safety measures are in place and to ensure all radiation sources are accounted for.
  • Individual licences—a person who performs chiropractic radiography needs to hold a Use Licence that allows them to use X-ray equipment for diagnostic radiography.

Responsibilities of a Possession Licensee

As part of your responsibilities as the Possession Licensee you need to:

You are required to comply with Radiation Safety Act 1999 and the Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in the Application of Ionizing Radiation by Chiropractors (2009)

Other relevant radiation protection codes and documents:

  • Planned Exposure Code (2016) describes the measures you will need to have in place to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation. These measures need to be described in your Plan.

Manage your chiropractic radiography business premises

As a Possession Licensee, you will need to ensure the premises where radiation sources are used or stored are compliant with the relevant safety standard. These standards set out the minimum radiation facility safety requirements to ensure the health and safety of people.

Compliance assessment of radiation sources and premises

Use the services of an Accredited Person (Equipment and Premises Compliance Tester) to assess if your radiation source and premises are compliant with the relevant safety standards. Reassessment needs to occur periodically to verify continued compliance with the safety standards as per the legislation and your Plan.

You can search the public register for a list of individuals who are able to assess if your radiation source and premises comply with the relevant safety standard.

Apply for a chiropractic radiography Possession Licence

Application for a licence to possess a radiation source (PDF 1739 kB)

Use this form if you seek to have the overall ownership and control of chiropractic X-ray equipment.

You can apply for a Possession Licence as a corporation or as an individual.

Your application needs to include:

Licence duration

A Possession Licence can be for 1, 2 or 3 years.

Renewal applications can be made 60 days before your licence expires. You will be sent a reminder and application form when you need to renew your licence.

Fees

You will need to pay a licence fee. If you do not hold a current licence you will also need to pay an application fee.

If you currently possess a radiation source, you will need to apply and pay an additional fee for each source. This is particularly relevant if you are a licence holder from another jurisdiction moving your radiation sources into Queensland. You will need to formally acquire your sources via Queensland's legislated processes.

See Schedule of fees to determine the fee you will need to pay. Your form will only be considered a complete application once payment has been made.

Last updated: 4 December 2020