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Every business or organisation which is involved, or may become involved, in storing, using, transporting, or disposing of radioactive materials, irradiation apparatus or other sources of ionising radiation, must apply to the EPA Office of Radiological Protection (EPA-ORP) for a licence.
There are various categories of licence including
The duration of these licences varies depending on the licensed activities.
It is a condition of a licence that you
This list is not exhaustive. Specific categories of licences are governed by additional legal obligations. Further information can be obtained by contacting the EPA’s Office of Radiological Protection.
The EPA routinely carries out inspections to ensure that licensees are in compliance with safety procedures and licensing conditions. Its inspection activities are accredited by the Irish National Accreditation Board to ISO 17020.
Inspections are divided into two parts
In addition to routine inspections, the EPA may carry out inspections where:
The EPA-ORP has a number of options for dealing with failure to comply with the regulations and licensing conditions. They include:
The chosen option decided upon will depend upon the seriousness of the breach of the regulations or licensing conditions.
From 2013 dosimetry services operating in Ireland must be approved by the EPA in accordance with S.I. 125 of 2000 as amended by S.I. 152 of 2012. The new approval mechanism is intended to provide confidence that dosimetry services operating in Ireland are technically competent and provide an appropriate service.
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