Guidance

Guidance on the scope of and exemptions from the radioactive substances legislation in the UK

An aid to interpreting the legislation on radioactive substances in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Scope of and exemptions from the radioactive substances legislation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

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The legislative means by which radioactive substances are regulated in the United Kingdom differ according to devolved administration; however, the effects of the legislation are consistent.

This guidance, aimed at environmental regulators and users, sets out:

  • the rationale underpinning the exemptions regime for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • how government intends the regime to be interpreted and implemented
  • the means by which the objectives of the exemptions regime should be delivered.

This guidance does not apply to Scotland.

Further information

Published 14 September 2011
Last updated 2 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated to align with revisions to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 and the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 which implement relevant aspects of European Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom.
  2. First published.