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Radiation Protection Series No. 14.3
Safety Guide for Radiation Protection in Radiotherapy (2008)
This Safety Guide is one of three guides that support the application of the Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in the Medical Applications of Ionizing Radiation (RPS14). While the Code establishes the regulatory requirements for the use of ionization radiation in medicine, this Safety Guide gives practitioners in radiotherapy a best practice approach to their day-to-day clinical work. The Safety Guide should also assist in providing practical means to meet the mandatory requirements of the Code.
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Review of Safety Guides
With the continuing advancement of the use of ionizing radiation in medicine, it is important that the Safety Guides be reviewed periodically. One of the goals of the Radiation Health Committee is to ensure that the highest standard of protection is made available through the implementation of the relevant Code and Safety Guides.
The implementation period began on 1 July 2009, and the Radiation Health Committee agreed that the Safety Guides be reviewed after 2 years of operation. In April 2011, as part of the review process, ARPANSA invited comments and submissions from the medical community and interested parties on any aspects of this Safety Guide, including the need for improvements in clarity or detail, any provisions that are difficult to put into practice, or instances where better or more up to date advice than that given in the Safety Guide may be more appropriate.
Three submissions on RPS 14.3 were received. At its July 2012 meeting, the Radiation Health Committee reviewed the comments received. These mainly involved the assignment of roles, duties and responsibilities of the various key persons, which is a matter relevant to the Medical Code (RPS 14) and not to this Safety Guide.
The RHC considered that the suggested changes were not critical and decided to leave any revision of RPS 14.3 until such time as any review and revision of the Medical Code is well-advanced and substantive issues had been identified.
Public Consultation Documents
During development of the Safety Guide, a draft was released for industry consultation in May 2007, then for broader public consultation in August 2007. During the consultation period, ARPANSA held a National Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine to provide the stakeholders a forum to discuss the Code and Safety Guides.
Many submissions received incorporated comments on the Code of Practice of Radiation Protection in Medicine, and the three related Safety Guides (covering Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy modalities), all released for comment together. Comments and responses on the Code and each of the Safety Guides are published together with the final documents. Submissions referring specifically to the Safety Guide for Radiation Protection in Radiotherapy appear below.
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