Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (425)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

425. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health if the medical provisions of the basic safety standards directive have now been finalised; if a proposal (details supplied) has been accepted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5509/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Having considered all the advices received, I recently signed regulations transposing the medical provisions of the Basic Safety Standards Directive (BSSD), the purpose of which is to protect the public, patients, workers and others from all forms of ionising radiation. The regulations were published on 15 January 2019.

The regulations designate those who may refer for radiological tests, those who may carry them out and other functions; nurses, doctors, dentists and radiographers are designated as appropriate. Chiropractors are not designated in the regulations.

The issue of statutory regulation raised by chiropractors will be the subject of work facilitated by CORU involving a risk assessment of a number of professions seeking such regulation later this year. Based on this assessment of risk to the public, recommendations will follow regarding professions to be statutorily regulated. It should be noted that not all statutorily regulated professions are designated for the purposes of the BSSD.