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IR(ME)R2017- An Evolution of UK Medical Exposure Regulations 26 Feb 2018

EC Directive 2013/59/Euratom –usually referred to as the Basic Safety Standards Directive (BSSD) –updates a number of previous EC Directives including the Medical Exposure Directive 97/43/Euratom. The transposing regulations for medical exposures  have been produced by the Department of Health, in conjunction with the Health Departments of the Devolved Administrations, their enforcement bodies and HSE, following wide –ranging professional and public consultation. These Regulations – to be cited as the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2018 - are expected to come into force by 6 February 2018 and replace IR(ME)R2000 and MARS1978.

The Regulations will follow a similar approach to IR(ME)R2000 with duties on the employer, practitioner, operator and referrer. Regulations relating to justification and optimisation are largely unchanged. There are new requirements relating to licensing of administration of radioactive substances, accidental or unintended exposures and estimates of public dose. Requirements for equipment have been expanded, non-medical human imaging with medical radiological equipment has been introduced and two new Schedules have been added, relating to Licensing and the Medical Physics Expert.

This video considers the development of IR(ME)R from 2000 to 2018 and the resulting changes for UK practice relating to medical exposures.

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Steve Ebdon- Jackson

Steve Ebdon-Jackson works as a special projects lead of medical exposures, at the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, Public Health England (PHE). Previously he was employed as a medical physicist (1979 to 1989) before moving to a policy role at the Department of Health (1990 – 2005). During this time, he negotiated the Medical Exposure Directive (97/43/Euratom) and developed IR(ME)R 2000. At PHE, he provides radiological and radiation protection advice relating to medical exposures across Government and internationally. This includes transposition of the Euratom Basic Safety Standards Directive 2013/59/Euratom Chapter VII, which he negotiated on behalf of the UK. Other activities include Chairing HERCA and the EC Article 31 Group of Experts medical working parties. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists and Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a recipient of the BNMS Norman Veall medal.