Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material

Closed 1 Mar 2019

Opened 18 Jan 2019


This document sets out possible wording for a new code of practice to be issued under the  Radiation Safety Act 2016 for the safe transport of radioactive material by road, rail, sea and air.

The Act sets out high-level safety and security obligations in sections 9–12. There are many different types of radiation use and the requirements are often very technical. The Act therefore authorises the issuing of codes of practice to set out more detailed requirements relating to individual areas of practice. This code relates to the transport of radiation material by road, rail, see and air.

Section 86(2) states ‘before issuing a code of practice, the Director [for Radiation Safety] must consult any person who the Director reasonably considers is likely to be affected by the proposed code.’ The purpose of this consultation document is to consult as required by section 86(2) and promote discussion. No decisions have been made about the final content.

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What happens next

The consultation period has closed on Friday 1 March 2019. Submissions have been reviewed and the code is scheduled to be published this month. Thank you for your time and your valuable submissions.


  • Health sector
  • Service providers


  • Radiation safety