Thursday, 8 March 2018

Questions (378)

Timmy Dooley

Question:

378. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health the reason chiropractors who have been trained to use x-ray machines and who satisfy the requirements of SI 478 will not be permitted to do so under the secondary legislation introduced under the Radiological Protection Bill 2018. [11463/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Chiropractors are not designated as referrers or practitioners in S.I. No. 478 of 2002 (as amended) and do not, therefore, satisfy the requirements of the existing Regulations in this regard.

The draft European Union (Basic Safety Standards for Protection Against Dangers from Medical Exposure to Ionising Radiation) Regulations 2018, which will transpose the medical provisions of the Basic Safety Standards Directive, will be introduced under the European Communities Act 1972. The regulations will designate those who may refer for radiological tests, those who may carry them out and other functions and in this regard I propose to designate nurses, doctors, dentists and radiographers as appropriate.

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) has overall responsibility for the transposition of the Basic Safety Standards Directive. The Radiological Protection Bill 2018 and any secondary regulations introduced under that Bill are matters for DCCAE.