RPII convicts Clinic for failure to have a valid licence for an X-ray unit

Date released: Jan 29 2011

The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) has welcomed the decision of the District Court in Castlebar, on 27th January, to convict Dr Raymond Herring, Back and Neck Clinic, Castlebar for the unlicensed custody of an X-ray unit.

Dr Herring was fined a total of €350 and ordered to pay legal costs of €500. Judge Devins, on hearing that Dr Herring had not yet renewed his licence, warned that he was leaving himself open to further prosecution. He has been given three months to pay the fine and costs or face five days in prison should he fail to do so.

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

Dr Herring previously held a licence from the RPII for his X-ray unit but failed to renew the licence prior to its expiry date in June 2009. On 5th July 2010 the RPII undertook an inspection of his 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 and secure use of radioactive substances and X-ray equipment.