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Certification of compliance

Possession licensees must obtain a Certificate of Compliance from an accredited person that shows their radiation sources and premises comply with the applicable radiation safety standard.

This is required before the first use of the source, and then periodically as specified in section 9 of the Radiation Safety Regulation 2010.

Depending upon their specific circumstances, Certificates of Compliance can be required for:

  • radiation sources in their possession
  • premises where radiation sources are used
  • premises where radioactive substances are stored.

Assessment report

Before issuing a Certificate of Compliance, the accredited person must complete the Assessment Report for the equipment or premises.

This approved form reports on whether or not the source or premises assessed complies with elements of the relevant radiation safety standard.

If the source or premises does not comply, the report is used to detail what must be done to achieve compliance. A copy of every assessment report is provided to Queensland Health.

Process to issue a Certificate of Compliance

An accredited person must follow the specified process, time frames and documentation requirements for the certification of the radiation source or premises:

  1. If an accredited person accepts a request from a possession licensee for a Certificate of Compliance, the accredited person is required to assess whether the subject radiation source or premises complies with the relevant radiation safety standard.
  2. The accredited person must complete an Assessment Report and state whether or not the radiation source or premises complies with the relevant radiation safety standard. The Assessment Report must be provided promptly to the possession licensee.
  3. If the Assessment Report states that the source or premises complies with the relevant radiation safety standard, the accredited person must issue a Certificate of Compliance. If the source or premises is found not to comply, the accredited person must state on the Assessment Report what is required to be done for the source or premises to comply.
  4. If the Assessment Report states requirements to achieve compliance, it may be revised within 30 days of the initial assessment. If within the 30-day period all the requirements are rectified, the accredited person may complete the 'final' section of the Assessment Report and issue a Certificate of Compliance.
  5. If none or only some of the requirements in an Assessment Report have been satisfactorily dealt with within the 30-day period, the accredited person may revise the relevant parts of the 'final' section of the Assessment Report to indicate which requirements have been met. The accredited person must then promptly provide the revised Assessment Report to the possession licensee and a copy to the chief executive.

Periods for Re-certification

Possession licensees must obtain a Certificate of Compliance before the first use of the source, and then periodically as specified in section 9 of the Radiation Safety Regulation 2010 as detailed below

An educational institution means a school, university, training institution or professional college that educates people about radiation sources or uses radiation sources in the course of its education.

Ionising radiation apparatus

Every year

  • An ionising radiation apparatus used to carry out a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure involving the irradiation of a person (including mammography), other than an ionising radiation apparatus used to carry out intra-oral dental radiography or plain-film diagnostic radiography.
  • An ionising radiation apparatus used to carry out a radiation practice for a research project.
  • An ionising radiation apparatus used in the course of a person's study or training at an educational institution (This does NOT relate to equipment used by undergraduates studying diagnostic radiography where the equipment is used during the student's supervised placement in a clinical setting.)

Every 3 years

  • An ionising radiation apparatus used to carry out dental radiography or plain-film diagnostic radiography involving the irradiation of a person.
  • All other ionising radiation apparatus not covered in the above section.

Sealed source apparatus

Every year:

  • A sealed radioactive substance incorporated in a sealed source apparatus used to carry out a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure involving the irradiation of a person.
  • A sealed radioactive substance incorporated in a sealed source apparatus used to carry out a radiation practice for a research project.
  • A sealed radioactive substance incorporated in a sealed source apparatus used in the course of a person's study or training at an educational institution.

Every 3 years:

  • All other sealed radioactive substances incorporated in sealed source apparatus not covered in the above section.

Laser apparatus

Every year:

  • Laser apparatus used to carry out a diagnostic, therapeutic or cosmetic procedure involving the irradiation of a person.

Premises

Every 5 years:

  • Premises in which a radiation source is used to carry out a radiation practice
  • Premises in which radioactive substances are stored.
Last updated: 26 July 2019