Radiation Protection Regulation Fees 

  

The Ionising Radiation Regulations 2019 (S.I. No. 30 of 2019) introduced graded authorisation, which allows for better targeting of regulatory effort in accordance with risk.  The fee structure to accompany this 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 are summarised in Table 2 below.

     

Table 1 Authorisation and Renewal Fees 

All
PracticeFee to apply for new authorisationFee on renewal
All uses of ionising radiation subject registration  €300 N/A
Dental
PracticeFee to apply for new authorisationFee on renewal
Dental radiography using an intra/extra oral unit (except handheld)  €300 N/A
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 N/A
Education
PracticeFee to apply for new authorisationFee on renewal
Use of ionising radiation for teaching or research in a third level college  €2000 €500
Industrial
PracticeFee to apply for new authorisationFee on renewal
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 N/A
Medical
PracticeFee to apply for new authorisationFee on renewal
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
PracticeFee to apply for new authorisationFee on renewal
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
Veterinary Dental Radiography using a handheld intra oral unit in a risk assessed veterinary clinic  €1000 €250

 

Table 2 Enforcement Fee 2021

 

Licence CategoryAnnual Enforcement Fee
Hospital carrying out the 3 specialities of radiotherapy, nuclear medicine and interventional €4200
Hospital carrying out either radiotherapy and/or nuclear medicine but not all 3 specialities listed above €3600
Hospital not carrying out either radiotherapy or nuclear medicine but carrying out interventional or CT  €2400
Hospital carrying out licensable medical practice other than the above (such as mobile radiography or fluoroscopy) €1100
Industrial use of HASS on sites (for example: use of HASS in geophysical exploration and site industrial radiography)  €3600
Use of HASS in a fixed setting with engineered safety  €3000
Industrial practices including: process control using sealed sources and ICSD assembly  €2400
Distribution of HASS, industrial X-ray imaging practices subject to licensing, e-beam, cyclotron  €1100
Education/research  €2400
Dental practices subject to licence (including handheld X-ray)  €450
Veterinary radiography carried out in the field radiography)  €450
Veterinary nuclear medicine  €1700

FAQ's on regulatory charges

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FAQ's in relation to regulatory charges.

Popular FAQ's

  • What happens when an undertaking is sold or transferred?

    If an undertaking is sold or transferred, the new owner must apply for a registration or licence as appropriate in his or her own name as authorisations are non-transferable. 

  • How are enforcement fees calculated?

    Enforcement fees are calculated annually to allow the EPA to recover the full economic cost of its ongoing regulatory activity from the licensed community.  This is a two-step calculation as follows: 
    Step 1: Operating costs are reviewed based on the EPA’s most recent set of audited accounts. 
    Step 2: Each licensee is assigned to a risk category depending on the full range of radiological practices carried out.  Enforcement fees are then calculated for each risk category so that the fees are proportionate to the regulatory effort associated with the category and overall cost recovery is achieved. 

  • What is an enforcement fee?

    Enforcement fees are set annually and are intended to cover the ongoing cost of regulation (inspection, reviews, guidance, enforcement, advice, etc.).  Only licensees will be charged enforcement fees.  You can find a list of enforcement fees per licence category here.  

  • What is the cost of a licence?

    The cost of a licence depends on the risk associated with the radiological practice(s).  A separate fee applies to each radiological practice for which authorisation is being sought.  You can find a list of authorisation fees per practice here. 

  • Do registrations expire?

    No- Registrations are issued on a perpetual basis and so undertakings having only registered practices will pay a once off fee for each authorised radiological practice.  Undertakings having only registered practices will not at this stage be subject to annual enforcement fees.