The EPA licences around 4,500 operators of equipment that produces radiation.
For more information about the EPA and radiation in general, including facts about uranium mining, mobile phones, smoke detectors and disposing radioactive materials, visit the Radiation section.
Changes to radiation licences, registrations and accreditations
Medical, industrial, research, government, mining and other radiation licensees and stakeholders were informed of proposed changes to the licensing, registration and accreditation arrangements under the Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982 (RPC Act) and the associated fees to apply in 2012.
These changes included:
- Introducing a new 'licence to possess' a radiation source
- Introducing a new facilities licence
- Differentiating mining phases by replacing the current licence to mine or mill radioactive ores with a new licence for developmental testing mining or mineral processing and a Licence for mining or mineral processing
- Introducing fees for the accreditation of third party service providers
- Increasing the fees applied to the various licences to use radiation sources, and to register radiation sources.
The EPA will be recovering its costs associated with the regulatory and administrative management of the licences and registrations. The fees to be applied are based on the true costs of assessing and regulating these licences.
The EPA contacted medical, industrial, research, government, mining and other radiation licensees and stakeholders to inform them of these changes.
Third party testing of diagnostic X-ray apparatus
From 15 June 2009, third party testing of diagnostic X-ray apparatus is possible in South Australia. While initially limited to compliance testing of plain dental X-ray apparatus, the Third Party Certification program will allow owners of apparatus to engage the services of accredited testers to perform compliance tests as a prerequisite to apparatus registration. >> More
Regulations for cosmetic tanning units
Commercial tanning units used for cosmetic purposes are banned from 1 January 2015.
Tanning units used in private homes will not be regulated, as long as they are for personal use or for the use of others (eg friends) and there is no commercial interest (fee or reward).