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United Kingdom : New licensing system for administration of radioactive substances.

ARSAC to update its approvals process in response to changes in medical radiation exposure regulations.

Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee brochures

Upcoming reforms to medical radiation exposure regulations will greatly change how the Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC) issues approvals.

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2018 (IR(ME)R) are due to come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on 6 February 2018. A separate set of regulations applying the same licensing process will be introduced in Northern Ireland.

The new regulations will replace the current certification process for the administration of radioactive substances under The Medicines Administration Radioactive Substances 1978 Regulations (MARS), and lead to changes in the way ARSAC handles applications.

There will be a new licensing system for practitioners and employers under IR(ME)R. The new system aims to make clear the responsibilities of the employer and practitioner in the administration of radioactive substances.

The deadlines for receiving applications for certification under MARS are:

20 December 2017 for new and additions diagnostic or therapeutic applications

16 January 2018 for renewal diagnostic or therapeutic applications

16 January 2018 for new and extensions of research site certificates

Louise Fraser, Scientific Adviser to ARSAC, said: Its really important that you think about what these changes could mean to you and your employer and consider what, if anything, you need to do ahead of the changes. We will be preparing further guidance and will, as ever, be on hand to assist with any queries anyone may have about the interim and new arrangements.

Application Forms for licences under IR(ME)R will be available in due course.

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