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Statutory Instruments

2011 No. 1567

Health And Safety

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

Made

21st June 2011

Laid before Parliament

28th June 2011

Coming into force

25th July 2011

The Secretary of State for Health is a Minister designated(1) for the purposes of section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972(2) in relation to the making of safety measures in regard to radioactive substances and the emission of ionising radiation.

The Secretary of State makes the following Regulations, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2(2) of that Act:—

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 and shall come into force on 25th July 2011.

Amendment

2.  At the end of regulation 3(a) (application) of the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000(3) after “medical diagnosis or treatment” insert “, including any exposure of an asymptomatic individual”.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Health.

Anne Milton

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State,

Department of Health

21st June 2011

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 (“the Principal Regulations”) which implement in part, as respects Great Britain, Council Directive 97/43/Euratom (OJ No L180, 9.7.97, p 22) laying down basic measures for the health protection of individuals against dangers of ionising radiation in relation to medical exposure. The Principal Regulations impose duties on those responsible for administering ionising radiation to protect persons undergoing medical exposure whether as part of their own medical diagnosis or treatment or as part of occupational health surveillance, health screening, voluntary participation in research or medico-legal procedures and these Regulations clarify an aspect of this.

Regulation 2 makes it explicit that individual health assessments of asymptomatic individuals fall within the ambit of regulation 3 (application) of the Principal Regulations.

(1)

S.I. 1977/1718; there are no relevant amendments.

(2)

1972 c.68; s. 2(2) is amended by the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (c.51), section 27(1)(a) and the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008 (c. 7), section 3(3) and Schedule 1, Part 1.

(3)

S.I. 2000/1059; there are no relevant amendments.

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