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FGDP (UK) says: “Make sure your practice’s dental x-ray equipment is registered with the HSE

FGDP(UK) is advising dentists to ensure that their practice’s use of dental x-ray equipment is registered online with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) first thing in the new year.

This is the key message of an updated analysis of the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17) and draft Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2018 (IRMER18) by Professor Keith Horner, co-editor of FGDP(UK)’s Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography.

IRR17, which takes effect on 1 January 2018 in England, Scotland and Wales, will require dental practices – including those already working with ionising radiation, and who will previously have notified the HSE of this – to register using a new online portal, and pay a £25 fee.

The registration website is due to be live by 1 January, and the link should be available via this HSE webpage from that date. Applicants will be required to answer a series of questions designed to assess their risk level and confirm that all legal requirements have been met.

Application for registration will need to be completed before 5 February 2018, and periodic re-registration will not be required unless there is a ‘significant’ change to the registrant’s details.

The process will be the responsibility of the employer, and is not required of individual dentists, but many GDPs will need to register in their capacity as employers. It is however as yet unclear how many applications will be required by dentists who own multiple practices, and how the process should be handled by dentists with clinical charge of a practice owned by a third party.

Practices should expect information and support from their Radiation Protection Advisor if they have not already received it, and FGDP(UK) recommends starting the online registration process as early as possible in January.
Separate regulations will be produced later for Northern Ireland, and dentists there should continue to comply with IRR(NI)2000 and IRMER(NI)2000 until these are implemented.