Radiation Protection Series No. 14.2

Front cover - RPS No. 14.2 Safety Guide for Radiation Protection in Nuclear Medicine (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 ionizing radiation in medicine, this Safety Guide gives practitioners in nuclear medicine 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.

Removal of Annex J

In January 2015, Annex J - Health Effects of Ionizing Radiation and Standards for Control of Exposure, was removed from the electronic edition of RPS 14.2. For information on the health effects of ionising radiation, refer to RPS F-1 Fundamentals for Protection Against Ionising Radiation (2014).

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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.

Seven submissions on RPS 14.2 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 14.2 until such time as any review and revision of the Medical Code is well-advanced and substantive issues had been identified.

Radiation Health Committee statements

In November 2002, the Radiation Health Committee issued a statement on the use of units of measure in prescribing and administering nuclear medicines. The statement was issued in response to an incident involving the misadministration of a nuclear medicine dose in a NSW hospital. The full statement is available at RHC Statements.