Radiation Protection Legislation

The work of EPA’s Office of Radiological Protection, formerly th Radiological Potection Insitute of Ireland, is governed by a series of Acts, Statutory Instruments and European Regulations and Directives.

Irish legislation can be viewed on the Irish Statute Book website published by the Office of the Attorney General.

The legislation which deals with radiation protection and the role of the EPA is listed below, along with specific links, where available, to the relevant sections of the Irish Statute Book website.

Radiological Protection (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 (No 20 of 2014)

Radiological Protection Act, 1991 (Number 9 of 1991)

This Act established the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland and set out the appointment and powers of inspectors (Articles 28 and 29) and the framework for the licensing system (Article 30).

Radiological Protection (Amendment) Act, 2002 (Number 3 of 2002) 

This Act authorised the Minster to make regulations for the setting of licence fees and it made it an offence to make a false statement on a licence application and to breach a condition of licence.

Radiological Protection Act, 1991 (Ionising Radiation) Order, 2000 (S.I. No. 125 of 2000)

This statutory instrument applies to workplaces where there may be a risk of ionising radiation. It is the main piece of legislation specifically dealing with the obligations of employers and the protection of workers and members of the public. It gives effect in Ireland to two European Directives: Council Directive 96/29/Euratom (Basic Safety Standards Directive), and Council Directive 90/641/Euratom (Outside Workers Directive).

European Communities (Medical Ionising Radiation Protection) Regulations, 2002 (S.I. No. 478 of 2002)

This statutory instrument deals with the radiation protection of patients arising from medical exposures of ionising radiation. It gives effect in Ireland to Council Directive 97/43/Euratom. The Minister for Health and Children is the designated competent authority for this statutory instrument.

European Communities (Supervision and Control of Certain Shipments of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel) Order, 2009 (S.I. No. 86 of 2009)

This statutory instrument deals with the shipment of radioactive waste, and gives effect in Ireland to Council Directive 2006/117/Euratom.

Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Act, 1998 (Number 43 of 1998)

This legislation lays down conditions governing the transportation of radioactive (and other hazardous) material by road, including packaging, labelling and the suitability of vehicles involved in such activity. This Act puts into effect the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).

European Communities (Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment) Regulations, 2011 (S.I. No. 349 of 2011)

These Regulations apply to the carriage, in tanks, in bulk and in packages, of dangerous goods by road, including the packing, loading, filling and unloading of the dangerous goods in relation to their carriage. They apply the provisions of Annexes A and B to the “European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road”.

European Communities (Safety Advisors for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail) Regulations, 2001. (S.I. No 6 of 2001)

This statutory instrument gives effect to Directive No. 96/35/EC and Directive 2001/18/EC, and deals with the appointment and training of transport safety advisors, accident reports and inspections.

Council Regulation (Euratom) No 1493/93 on shipments of radioactive substances between Member States

This regulation sets out the procedure to be followed when shipping sealed sources to other member states of the European Union.

European Communities (Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail) Regulations, 2003 (S.I. No. 701 of 2003)

This statutory instrument, dealing with transportation of dangerous goods (including radioactive materials) by rail, gives effect to EU Council Directive 96/49/EC.

Radiological Protection Act 1991 (Control of High Activity Sealed Radioactive Sources) Order (S.I. No. 875 of 2005).

This statutory instrument gives effect to Council Directive 2003/122/EURATOM on the control of high activity sealed radioactive sources and orphan sources.

Radiological Protection Act, 1991 (Licensing Application and Fees) Regulations, 2007 (S.I. No. 654 of 2007)

This regulation sets out application provisions and the schedule of application and license fees payable for licences issued by the RPII.

Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations SI 31 of 2015

Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations Amendment No 2 SI 288 of 2015