IRMER update 2016

The IRMER update returned to London this autumn and once again proved to be a huge success with over 100 delegates and nine companies from industry attending at the Royal Society of Medicine.


The educational content, organised by Mr Peter Hiles (Head of Radiation Physics, Glan Clwyd District General Hospital) and chair of the BIR Radiation Safety Special Interest Group, was highly praised by delegates. The event featured renowned speakers from the radiation safety community such as Mrs Debbie Peet (Head of Medical Physics, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust) and Mr Ian Chell (Policy Manager for Ionising Radiation, Department of Health). 


Photo: Networking at the event

Mrs Maria Murray (Professional Officer for Scotland and UK Radiation Protection Lead at the Society and College of Radiographers), a speaker at the event said:

“I always welcome the annual BIR IRMER update event as it is such a good networking event for all those in the radiation protection community. I have spoken at two of these events on various IRMER   projects that I am involved in – the 2016 event in September was once again very enjoyable indeed. There were many well known speakers relaying their expertise on the issues that will affect medical radiation exposure services in the next few years to come.

The events team at BIR are very productive and ensure each event runs smoothly – for speakers, this means that there is a clear set of instructions for the preparation of their presentation with very good IT support.”

The delegate feedback has been extremely positive with many commenting on how they feel better informed of the future changes regarding IRMER.  

One delegate said:

 “It was excellent, all the speakers were enthusiastic and experts in their field. A very inspiring day and reassuring in relation to the change of radiation law”

Many delegates attend this event on an annual basis as this delegate explained:

“Really enjoy coming for information and networking. Always come away feeling I have learnt/gained something. This was my third year attending”

PPE book

The event also saw the launch of the book, Personal Protective Equipment for Diagnostic X-ray Use. This practical guide to using and caring for PPE is written by Peter A. Hiles, Helen Hughes, Denise Arthur and Colin J. Martin as part of a BIR Working Party with support from the BIR Radiation Safety Special Interest Group (SIG).

Next year on 27 April 2017, the BIR will be organising the “Practical radiation protection in diagnostic radiology” in London. The event programme will be available soon. To express your interest in a place please email





Photo (from left to right): Denise Arthur, Peter A. Hiles and Helen Hughes

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