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We provide Medical Physics services for Irish Dental & GP practices, Private Hospitals, Veterinary Practices, Educational Establishments, and Industrial users of Ionising Radiation Sources. All work is supervised by a registered Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA).
What Do I Do If I Have Unlicensed Equipment 1. If your practice has x-ray equipment and either;
  • You do not have a licence from the RPII, or
  • Some of the equipment is listed in schedule 2 of the licence as “for commissioning purposes only” under licensing exceptions,
then you could be subject to prosecution by the RPII.

2. In the latter case, you must appoint a Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) who must undertake a review of the layout and operation of the facility, and perform commissioning tests on the equipment. This review, and the commissioning report, must be sent to the RPII with a request that the licensing restriction “for commissioning purposes only” be removed. Assuming that the commissioning report indicates that performance and safety of the equipment/installation is satisfactory, the RPII will issue an updated schedule 2 with the licensing restriction removed.

3. In the former case, it is important that you contact the RPII immediately requesting a licence application form. You must also appoint a Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA).

4. The RPA must undertake a review of the layout and operation of the facility in terms of radiation protection afforded to staff and members of the public.

5. Complete the licence application and forward to the RPII accompanied by a plan of the facility, the RPA’s report and a completed risk assessment. Guidance on carrying out a risk assessment is available on the RPII website, but it is likely that the RPA will include the risk assessment as part of his/her report.

6. Where a licence is granted, it will list details of the equipment in schedule 2, with a licensing restriction specifying “for commissioning purposes only”. It should be noted that this restricts use of the X-ray unit(s) to commissioning by the RPA. When this licence has been received, make arrangements with the RPA to have the equipment commissioned. A report may also be required from the original supplier confirming that the equipment was installed correctly.

7. Make arrangements with the RPA to commission the equipment and to issue a commissioning report. This report (and the installers report where required) must be forwarded to the RPII with a request that the licensing restriction “for commissioning purposes only” be removed. Assuming that the commissioning report indicates that performance and safety of the equipment/installation is satisfactory, the RPII will issue an updated schedule 2 with the licensing restriction removed.