Radiation Safety

Use of Ionising Radiation for Research Purposes

Any research involving the exposure of humans to ionising radiation must follow the requirements of the Code of Practice for the Exposure of Humans to Ionizing Radiation for Research Purposes (2005) (ARPANSA Radiation Protection Series No. 8), which has been adopted by the New South Wales Radiation Control Act:

https://www.arpansa.gov.au/sites/g/files/net3086/f/legacy/pubs/rps/rps8.pdf - Clause 2.1.7

  • A Radiation Safety Report is required in studies involving humans who are exposed to radiation which is in addition to that received as part of their normal clinical management.
  • A Radiation Safety Report is NOT required when the radiation administered is NOT in excess of standard of care. In these cases, a letter of declaration must be provided by the PI/CPI stating that there are no radiation procedures conducted in the study that are not standard of care and it is the responsibility of the PI/CPI to ensure that this information is accurate. This letter must be signed by the PI/CPI.
  • Please note, either the Radiation Safety Report, or a letter of declaration from PI/CPI stating that all radiation exposure falls within the site’s standard of care must be submitted to the HREC and acknowledged/approved prior to commencement of the study at a site.
  • A Radiation Safety Report can be requested by completing the Radiation Safety Request Form and submitting it to the email address listed below at St Vincent’s Hospital. The form must be submitted with a copy of the study protocol, patient information statement and consent form attached.

Contact Details

Medical Physicist
Theranostic and Nuclear Medicine Department|
Tel: +61 2 8382 1808
E-mail: SVHS.RadSafetyReport@svha.org.au

For further information please refer to the following resources:

  • St Vincent’s Hospital Research Office submission checklists
  • Radiation Safety Request Form
  • https://au.ethicsform.org/Help/Guidance.aspx
  • https://www.arpansa.gov.au/sites/g/files/net3086/f/legacy/pubs/rps/rps8.pdf
  • Victorian Specific Module – section 4
  • Other interstate individual hospital requirements (Flinders Medical Centre Radiation risk assessment report document, HealthSupport Queensland – Research study radiation dose and Risk Assessment document)