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COVID-19 and exceeding permit limits for medical use of radioactive substances: RPS C15

When you cannot comply with the limits in your radioactive substances permit because of coronavirus (COVID-19) business disruption.

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You need to comply with the limits in your permit under regulation 13 and Schedule 23 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016. These numerical limits restrict both the amount of radioactive:

  • material (including sealed sources) that you can keep and use
  • waste that you can accumulate and dispose of, on or from your premises

This COVID-19 regulatory position statement (RPS) does not alter your legal obligations under your permit or the relevant legislation about these numerical limits. However, if you follow the conditions in this COVID-19 RPS, the Environment Agency will not normally take enforcement action against you if you exceed these numerical limits.

This COVID-19 RPS only applies to radioactive:

  • material that is used to carry out medical diagnosis or treatment in humans
  • waste that arises from these procedures

It only applies if you need to obtain additional radioactive material, or generate additional radioactive waste, as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You must tell the Environment Agency before you use this COVID-19 RPS.

Published 30 April 2020
Last updated 22 December 2021 + show all updates
  1. We have extended the expiry date of this COVID-19 RPS to 31 March 2022. We have clarified that using this RPS does not alter your legal obligations under the relevant legislation but that the Environment Agency will not normally take enforcement action if the conditions in the RPS are met.

  2. We have extended the expiry date to 31 December 2021.

  3. We have extended the expiry date to 30 June 2021.

  4. We have extended the expiry date of this COVID-19 RPS from 30 September 2020 to 31 March 2021.

  5. First published.