Validity of IRR99 RPA Certificates of Competence from RPA2000 under IRR2017

RPA2000 performs the role of certifying competence in ionising and non-ionising radiation protection practice. Those acting in the capacity as a Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) require a certificate of competence from RPA2000.

The current certificates of competence from RPA2000 certify individuals as meeting “the Criteria of Competence specified by the Health and Safety Executive for the purposes of the definition of a Radiation Protection Adviser in the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999“.

The Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (IRR99) are revoked by the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR2017) on the 1st January 2018.

RPA2000 have stated on their website the following “Implementation of IRR2017 – RPA certificate holders who have been issued with a Certificate of Competence under IRR99 will note that the validity of that certificate will continue to be valid up to its declared expiry date.”

If you require RPA assistance to help with your compliance with IRR2017 then please feel free to get in contact with us.

RP awareness training for food industry X-ray equipment users

RP Alba Ltd is in the process of updating our training packages to reflect the revised requirements of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) and where appropriate we are putting a number of our courses online for delegates to complete at a time/date that is convenient for them.

Our “Radiation protection awareness training for X-ray equipment users in the food industry” course is now available at

This training course is based on UK IRR17 requirements. It is suitable for delegates with no previous X-ray awareness training and also as a refresher.

Draft IRR17 Guidance and ACoP available

With the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 coming into force on 1st January 2018 it is nice to know that there will be an associated Approved Code of Practice and Guidance being made available for its use.

These are stilling being finalised. It expected that the final hard copy version will be available early next year (2018).  We have heard that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) anticipates that the online version will be available earlier as this will not have to go through the publication process.

The draft version of IRR17′s ACoP and guidance can be viewed here:


SEPA Consultation on Integrated Authorisation Framework Supporting guidance

In January 2017, the Scottish Government and SEPA consulted on proposals for an integrated authorisation framework. The aim of the framework is to integrate, as far as possible, the authorisation, procedural and enforcement arrangements relating to water, waste management, radioactive substances and pollution prevention and control. The integrated authorisation framework is being developed in a phased manner, starting with radioactive substances. The Integrated Authorisation Framework will replace the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (as amended) in Scotland.

This part of the consultation seeks views on the supporting guidance. Please see for further information.

The consultation on the Integrated Authorisation Framework Supporting Guidance ends on 22nd December 2017.

Questions from HSE for IRR17 Graded Approach Online Application

The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) come into force on 1st January 2018.

A significant change introduced by IRR17 is the introduction of a risk-based approach to telling the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of your work with ionising radiation. Under IRR99 a notification system operated.

Rather than just notifications, there will be three distinct tiers:

  • Notification
  • Registration
  • Consent

Those already working with ionising radiation will need to submit this information to HSE between 1 January 2018 and 5 February 2018, even if you have previously provided information. There may be a fee associated with resubmitting this information to HSE.

HSE are introducing an online system for telling them of your work with ionising radiation. The online system will ask a number of questions that will have to be responded to.

HSE has prepared a set of questions that they will ask those who apply. Further information on the types of questions that are likely to be asked can be viewed at

Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 published

The long awaited update to the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 has now been published.

The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) have now been released and can be viewed here:

IRR17 revokes the 1999 version of the Ionising Radiations Regulations. IRR17 sets out a framework to ensure that occupational exposures to ionising radiations are kept as low as is reasonably practicable.

IRR17 transposes the occupational elements of Council Directive 2013/59/EURATOM laying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiations.

IRR17 comes into force on 1st January 2018.