It is necessary to apply to the EPA for authorisation before carrying out any justified radiological practice. The EPA has published a list of justified radiological practices on its website. An undertaking applying for authorisation will be subject to an authorisation fee.
The new regulations provide for two forms of authorisation: registration and licensing.
The cost of registration is a once off fee of €300 for each radiological practice.
In the case of undertakings carrying out registerable dental radiology practices at multiple premises, a separate fee of €75 will apply for each premise.
Registrations are issued on an indefinite basis and do not need to be renewed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.