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The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 (together with notes on good practice)

  • Document type:
    Guidance
  • Author:
    Department of Health
  • Published date:
    23 April 2007
  • Primary audience:
    Professionals
  • Publication format:
    Electronic only
  • Gateway reference:
    2001
  • Pages:
    13
  • Copyright holder:
    Crown

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000, (IR(ME)R 2000) - came into force on 13th May 2000 to implement the European Directive 97/43/Euratom (The Medical Exposures Directive)

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000, (IR(ME)R 2000) - came into force on 13th May 2000 to implement the European Directive 97/43/Euratom (The Medical Exposures Directive).  The Regulations replaced the Ionising Radiation (Protection of Persons Undergoing Medical Examination or Treatment) Regulations 1988 (POPUMET) which have been repealed.

The Regulations are available from The Stationery Office and at the link below.

Further information regarding the non-statutory Guidance associated with IR(ME)R 2000 is available at the link below.

Additional information:

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 require employers undertaking medical exposures to establish diagnostic reference levels (DRL) and to undertake appropriate reviews if these are consistently exceeded. DH has issued guidance on national DRL which is available from the link below.

On 1 April 2009, the Care Quality Commission assumed responsibility from the Healthcare Commission for the inspection and enforcement for incidents under Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000. Service provider information is available from the link to the Commission's website below.

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure)(Amendment) Regulations 2006, SI 2006/2523  ('the Regulations') amend the  2000 Regulations and can be found at  by following the link below. They passed the enforcement powers under the 2000 Regulations to the "appropriate authority".  In England, the current “appropriate authority” is the Care Quality Commission. The Amendment Regulations also make amendments to certain definitions in the 2000 Regulations in order to clarify their meaning; reflect changes to terminology used in the 2000 Regulations; and make transitional provision for incomplete matters or matters not finally disposed of before the Regulations came into force on 1 November 2006.

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