Dentist convicted for failure to have a valid licence

Date released: Jul 14 2009

The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) has welcomed the decision of the District Court in Dublin, on 13th July, to convict The Body Clinic Ireland Ltd. for the unlicensed custody of three X-ray units.

The Body Clinic Ireland Ltd was fined a total of €1200 and ordered to pay the legal costs of €688.25. Two other cases were brought before the court for mention and have been deferred until the autumn. 

Commenting on the prosecution, Dr. Tom Ryan, Director of Regulatory Services at the RPII, said: “Dental Practitioners have a responsibility to ensure that a licence is in place at all times for the custody and use of X-ray machines. Practitioners that ignore the law will be prosecuted by the RPII.”   

The Body Clinic Ireland Ltd. previously held a licence from the RPII for the three X-ray units but failed to renew the licence prior to its expiry date in September 2008. On 30th January last the RPII undertook an inspection of the premises and confirmed that the X-ray equipment was still on site. The RPII is responsible for regulating the use of ionising radiation in the medical, dental, veterinary, educational and industrial sectors. Ionising radiation is used in these sectors for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, research and development, quality control and production processes. There are currently over 1700 licences in place in Ireland to facilitate the safe use of radioactive substances and X-ray equipment.