AERB shuts down operation of some Medical Diagnostic X-Ray machines which are non-compliant with radio safety requirements at different districts in Kerala

AERB shuts down operation of some Medical Diagnostic X-Ray machines which are non-compliant with radio safety requirements at different districts in Kerala

January 10, 2019 Healthcare, Kerala, OPS, Pharmaceuticals 0

In a recent website update dated 8th January 2019, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (“AERB”), has informed about the shut-down of operations of some of the medical diagnostic X-Ray machines at different cities in Kerala owing to not complying with radiation safety requirements.

The medical diagnostic X-ray machines are supposed to operate in accordance with the provisions of Atomic Energy (Radiation Protection) Rules, 2004 (“Rules”) and comply with radiation safety and regulatory requirements. A Licence also needs to be obtained for their operation from the AERB through a web- based e-licensing system (e-LORA) and AERB also does not charge any fees for obtaining the requisite Licence. Owners of medical diagnostic X-ray facilities in the country, are advised to immediately obtain valid Licence from AERB by filing an application through AERB’s internet-based e-licensing system.

The AERB, to ensure compliance, carried out surprise inspections during December, 2018, and inspected 79 X-ray facilities (both government and private institutions) in major districts in Kerala. Pursuant to the inspection, AERB has sealed X-ray machines in eight institutions, which were found non-compliant to the said Rules.

Twenty Nine institutions have been issued with warnings and instructions to comply with the AERB norms and safety requirements within 30 days.

SourceAtomic Energy Regulatory Board

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