Radiation Protection Regulation Fees

The Ionising Radiation Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 30 of 2019) introduce graded authorisation, which allows for better targeting of regulatory effort in accordance with risk.  The fee structure to accompany this new regulatory approach is set out in the Radiological Protection Act 1991 (Authorisation Application and Fees) Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 34 of 2019) and Section 49 the EPA Act 1992.

This structure comprises 3 types of regulatory fee:

  • Authorisation fees apply whenever an application is made to the Agency for authorisation to commence a radiological practice.  Depending on the nature of the radiological practice an authorisation may be in the form of a registration or a licence.  Authorisation fees are summarised in Table 1 below.
  • Renewal fees apply 10 years after a licence has been granted and on the first licence renewal after the commencement of the 2019 Regulations.  Renewal fees do not apply to registrations as these are issued for an indefinite period.  Renewal fees are summarised in Table 1 below.
  • Enforcement fees are charged annually for all licences to cover the ongoing cost of regulation (inspection, reviews, guidance, enforcement, advice, etc.).  Enforcement fees do not apply to registrations.  Enforcement fees are based on the full economic cost of regulation.  Enforcement charges for 2019 are summarised in Table 2 below.
      

Table 1 Authorsation and Renewal Fees

Sector Practice Fee to apply for new authorisation Fee on Renewal
All All uses of ionising radiation subject registration €300 NA
Dental 

Dental radiography using an intra/extra oral unit (except handheld)

€300 NA

Any use of dental X-ray equipment subject to licensing (including use of hand held X-ray equipment)

€1000   €250

Dental radiography carried out at an additional risk assessed clinic under an existing registration

€75 NA
Education

Use of ionising radiation for teaching or research in a third level college

€2000 €500
Industrial             Any industrial use of HASS sources €4000 €1000
Assembly or manufacture of devices incorporating sealed sources €2000 €500 
Industrial radiography using X-ray systems or non HASS sources  €1000 €250
Industrial use of medical radiological equipment €1000 €250
Product irradiation/sterilisation using E-beams €1000 €250 
Radiopharmaceutical production in a cyclotron  €4000 €1000
Transport/storage of HASS sources  €2000 €500 
Use of nuclear moisture density gauges  €1000 €250 
Use of sealed sources in industrial process control  €1000 €250
Use of unsealed sources in industry/laboratories  €1000 €250
X-ray system for cargo/container screening of vehicles  €1000 €250
Installation/ servicing of radiological equipment €300 NA
Medical         CT (including CT fluoroscopy) giving rise to a medical exposure in a medical radiological installation €1000  €250
Fluoroscopy giving rise to a medical exposure in a medical radiological installation €1000 €250
Interventional radiology giving rise to a medical exposure in a medical radiological installation  €2000 €500
Mobile radiography (including fluoroscopy) giving rise to a medical exposure in a medical radiological installation €1000 €250
Nuclear Medicine giving rise to a medical exposure in a medical radiological installation €2000 €500
PET/CT giving rise to a medical exposure in a medical radiological installation  €2000 €500
Radiotherapy using a LINAC in a medical radiological installation  €4000 €1000
Radiotherapy using Brachytherapy in a medical radiological installation  €4000 €1000
Radiotherapy using X-Ray in a medical radiological installation  €2000 €500
Veterinary     Any use of veterinary X-ray equipment carried out in the field  €1000 €250
Veterinary fluoroscopy €1000 €250
Veterinary nuclear medicine  €2000 €500
Veterinary radiography using CT  €1000 €250
Veterinary radiotherapy €4000 €1000

 

 

Table 2 Enforcement Fee 2019

Licence Category Enforcement Charge 2019 * Enforcement Charge 2020
Hospital carrying out the 3 specialities of radiotherapy, nuclear medicine and interventional. €2,100 €4,200
Hospital carrying out either radiotherapy and/or nuclear medicine but not all 3 specialities listed above. €1,800 €3,600
Hospital not carrying out either radiotherapy or nuclear medicine but carrying out interventional or CT €1,200 €2,400
Hospital carrying out licensable medical practice other than the above (such as mobile radiography or fluoroscopy). €550 €1,100
Industrial use of HASS on sites (for example: use of HASS in geophysical exploration and site industrial radiography). €1,800 €3,600
Use of use of HASS in a fixed setting with engineered safety €1,500 €3,000
Industrial practices including: process control using sealed sources and ICSD assembly €1,200 €2,400
Distribution of HASS, industrial X-ray imaging practices subject to licensing, e-beam, cyclotron €550 €1,100
Education/research €1,200 €2,400
Dental practices subject to licence (including handheld X-ray) €225 €450
Veterinary radiography carried out in the field radiography) €225 €450
Veterinary nuclear medicine €850 €1,700

 

*2019 enforcement fees have been discounted as the licence is due for renewal in the year.