IRR17 & IRMER18: a necessary burden, but dentists need not be alarmed

News Published: 
18 August 2017

FGDP(UK) has published an analysis of what the revised Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17) and Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2018 (IRMER18) might mean for dentists and dental practice teams.

Due to take effect early next year, the revisions are a result of the need to implement EU Basic Safety Standards Directive 2013, and will replace IRR99 and IRMER 2000, as well as the amendments to IRMER made in 2006 and 2011. Prior to finalisation, the draft IRMER regulations were subject to a consultation by the Department of Health, which the Faculty has also responded to.

Professor Keith Horner, Editor of FGDP(UK)’s Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography, and author of the new analysis, said:

“IRR and IRMER have always been a necessary burden for GDPs, but there is nothing in the draft revisions to alarm dentists. Nonetheless, it has been two decades since the current legislation was laid down, and much has changed. Cone Beam CT has developed, and the proposed changes cover this and a wide range of areas including reporting of accidental exposures, ‘non-medical’ use of radiography, and assessment of exposures made to carers and comforters. Practices using X-rays will also now need to register with the HSE. Dentists need to understand and prepare for the new regulations, and FGDP will be there to guide them.”

Professor Horner’s analysis is available here.

Selection Criteria for Dental Radiography is the leading text on indications for radiographic investigation, giving clear, simple and practical advice on the safe and effective use of radiography in practice.