BIR Radiation Safety

Radiation Protection 2

The Radiation Safety Special Interest Group is a truly multidisciplinary group as radiologists, radiographers and scientists all have both an interest in patient protection and also a radiation protection self-interest!

Our membership reflects this with an almost equal complement of medical, radiographic and scientific members.

We respond to policy and guidance consultations from governments and their agencies and communicate concerns about issues to those bodies from our members. We represent the BIR on various projects and committees where radiation protection is an issue (e.g. NRES, IEC, DH Working Group on EU Directive revision).

We represent our sister organisation, The Royal College of Radiologists on matters of radiation protection and sit on relevant committees of the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine and the Society for Radiological Protection.

We are responsive to members' needs and are active in providing educational events and written guidance on matters of radiation protection. We are a very active SIG, always on the lookout for new members, of whatever profession, with an interest in radiation protection.  


Latest SIG News 

HSE consultation on safety standards

The BIR will be responding toCD282 - the implementation of Directive 2013/59/EURATOMlaying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure arising to ionising radiation. We welcome feedback from BIR members to contribute to the BIR response.

HSE is consulting on changes to the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 (IRR1999), the majority of which are brought in by the implementation of the EU Basic Safety Standards Directive (BSSD).

Find out more about the consultation and how to respond

New Guidance on reporting radiation incidents

The long awaited guidance on when to report a radiation incident under the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000, has finally been produced. It specifically addresses when medical exposures may have been “much greater than intended”.

The new document outlines the notification process and includes a helpful table of illustrative examples. Of particular note is the change in guideline factor for “high dose” diagnostic examinations and the clarification provided regarding imaging in radiotherapy.


Highlights from the SIG Management Group meeting on 09 March 2017

The Radiation Safety Special Interest Group Management Group met at the BIR offices for the twice-yearly Experts Forum, with representatives of the CQC, HSE, Society and College of Radiographers and Public Health England. Our major area of discussion was the consultation on the new BSSD regulations, more details of which can be found on this page. It is not too late to respond to the consultation, although the deadline of the 2April is fast approaching! (See above)

Also on the agenda were our forthcoming events, including “The New IRR Regulations: What can we expect?” on 26 September, joint with IPEM and the SRP. We are also still encouraging applications to the BIR/GE Radiation Safety Travel Award (, which awards a £1000 prize to attend a conference of the winner’s choice.

The same day, we also said goodbye and thank you to Jacqueline Fowler, who is stepping down as Chief Executive of the BIR at the end of May.

Our own management group has had a few members retire recently, and we are keen to have some new members from a range of professions, but particularly radiologists. If that is something that would interest you, please get in touch with Lucy Stewart (   


Other News

The new Basic Safety Standards Directive (BSSD) for Radiation Protection, 2013/59/Euratom, was adopted by the European Commission in December 2013. This directive consolidates the previous Euratom directives, and incorporates the latest ICRP recommendations as well as bringing the EU into line with Basic Safety Standards of the IAEA.

2013/59/Euratom must be implemented in UK law by the 6th February 2018. This is being overseen by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, with extensive input from the Health and Safety Executive. The HSE have a webpage with further details and links to related sites – this can be accessed here: Those who are interested are also encouraged to join the HSE Radiation Community:

Our SIG is following the implementation process, asssisted by updates from James Taylor from the HSE and Ian Chell from the Department of Health. In cooperation with the Society of Radiation Protection and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, we held a joint meeting on the 22nd November 2016 to discuss the implementation of the new BSSD. This was held at the British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, W1G 8YS, and was addressed by representatives of the regulators. This was a valuable opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns.

The BIR, together with SRP and IPEM, are planning a meeting on 26th September 2017 on the implications of the new regulations following issue of the draft content? More details on this will follow in the coming months. We will post any further updates on the new legislation when we receive them.


 Management group members

 RP MG Members

Some of the RP SIG Management Group - from left to right Peter Hiles (Chair), Mark Bowers, Lucy Hossen, Liz Benson and Katharine Thomson 


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