Information for CREs

The activities of a consulting radiation expert (CRE) in this category extends to assessing diagnostic imaging apparatus for compliance with the requirements as set out in Radiation Guideline 6: Registration requirements and industry best practice for ionising radiation apparatus used in diagnostic imaging - Parts 1-6.

The type of apparatus that a CRE may assess depends on the conditions of accreditation that the EPA has issued to the CRE, which is based on the qualifications of the applicant.

Only an EPA-accredited CRE may assess apparatus and issue acertificate of compliance verifying that the apparatus complies with the mandatory requirements of Guideline 6.

Radiation Guideline 6

Guideline 6 Test protocols for parts 2-5 sets out the basic test protocols that must be followed by CREs in the assessment of radiation apparatus for compliance with the mandatory requirements of Parts 2-5 of Radiation Guideline 6.

The current (2004) edition of Radiation Guideline 6: Registration requirements and industry best practice for ionising radiation apparatus used in diagnostic imaging - Parts 1-6 can be accessed below:

Compliance testing for the mandatory requirements of the mammography radiation guideline (Radiation Guideline 6: Part 1) must be conducted by following the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, mammography quality control manual (2002).

Radiation Guideline 6 Parts 1-6 are available as individual booklets from Environment Line by calling 131 555.

Fixed radiation gauges

Radiation Guideline 3: Recommendations for minimum standards and safety requirements for fixed radiation gauges (PDF 75KB) and the Code of practice and safety guide for safe use of fixed radiation gauges, RPS 13 must be followed by appropriately qualified CREs in the assessment of fixed radiation gauges.

An accredited person will also need to comply with relevant provisions of the recommendations and the Code, except in so far as any provision is inconsistent with the Radiation Control Act 1990 and/or the regulations under that Act.

Mutual recognition

A person who is 'registered' in an equivalent occupation in another state or territory or New Zealand may be entitled to apply to the EPA, under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 (Cwlth), for an accreditation related to their occupation.

'Registration' includes the licensing, registration, approval, admission, certification (including by way of practising certificates), or any other form of authorisation, of a person required by under legislation for the carrying on of an occupation.

More information on obtaining a licence to use radiation apparatus or radioactive substances or an accreditation as a consulting radiation expert under the mutual recognition arrangements.

Certificate of compliance

CREs accredited under the Radiation Control Act to assess radiation apparatus for the purpose of certifying compliance with the requirements of Guideline 6 must only use certificates of compliance approved by EPA for reporting compliance. Approved certificates of compliance books are available for purchase from the EPA but only by appropriately accredited CREs.

To order a booklet of certificates, CREs should print and complete the appropriate order forms and return with fee to the EPA's Hazardous Materials, Chemicals and Radiation Section.

CREs must only use books that have been issued to them.

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