Code for Radiation Protection in Medical Exposure
This Code for Radiation Protection in Medical Exposure (2019) (RPS C-5) sets out the requirements in Australia for the protection of patients, their carers and comforters, and volunteers in biomedical research projects, in relation to their exposure to ionising radiation. The Radiation Health Committee (RHC) has developed this Code in light of the previous Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in the Medical Applications of Ionizing Radiation (RPS 14) but having regard to the requirements relating to medical exposure described in the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards, General Safety Requirements (GSR) Part 3.
This Code must, as relevant, be used in conjunction with the Code for Radiation Protection in Planned Exposure Situations (RPS C-1), which sets out the requirements in Australia for the protection of occupationally exposed persons, the public, and the environment, in planned exposure situations. This publication, together with RPS C-1, supersedes the Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in the Medical Applications of Ionizing Radiation (RPS 14).
At the time of publication of this document, it is intended that revised Safety Guides providing information on best practice for radiation protection in radiotherapy, diagnostic and interventional radiology, and nuclear medicine will be developed. In the interim, the Safety Guides produced for use with RPS 14 (RPS 14.1, RPS 14.2 and RPS 14.3) can continue to be used to assist in the implementation of RPS C-5.
Code for Radiation Protection in Medical Exposure (2019)
The draft code was released for public consultation from 23 February 2018 to 25 May 2018: