Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions (176)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

176. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health the legislative steps required to change the competent authority for patient radiation safety from his Department to HIQA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7667/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The transfer of competent authority functions to HIQA, including the provisions required for inspections and enforcement within Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom, may be provided for in regulations made pursuant to the European Communities Act 1972 provided they fall within the principles and policies of the Directive.

Accordingly, it is proposed to amend Section 8 of the Health Act 2007 in the transposing regulations, that is, the European Union (Basic Safety Standards for Protection Against Dangers from Medical Exposure to Ionising Radiation) Regulations 2018.

My Department is working to finalise the regulations in the coming weeks.