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ARSAC advises the licensing authorities on applications from practitioners, employers and researchers who want to use radioactive substances on people.

ARSAC is an expert committee sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care.

ARSAC advises the licensing authority on the granting, amendment and renewal of licences to employers and practitioners for the administration of radioactive substances. This is required under regulation 5 of the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 in Great Britain and regulation 5 of the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2018 in Northern Ireland. ARSAC provides assessment of research studies which include administrations of radioactive substances as specified in regulation 11(1)(d) of IR(ME)R.

ARSAC also provides general guidance and advice to the health departments and healthcare professionals on the use of radioactive substances in clinical medicine and research.

The majority of ARSAC’s members are medical doctors who are appointed to the committee as independent experts in their field (for example nuclear medicine). The committee comments on applications in confidence to the ARSAC Support Unit, Public Health England. No individual committee member approves any single application.

Apply for, renew or amend a practitioner or employer licence

Use our application form to apply for, renew or amend an employer or practitioner licence.

Further guidance on how to apply is available in the application form guidance notes and the Notes for guidance: good clinical practice in nuclear medicine.

Apply for or amend research sponsor study approval

See further guidance on what to do, including how and when to submit research amendments.

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Older reports and newsletters are available on the UK Government Web Archive.


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