COMPLIANCE TESTING - DIAGNOSTIC X-RAY EQUIPMENT

 

Since 1 January 1997, all x-ray equipment used for human diagnostic radiography and fluoroscopy (i.e. medical, dental and chiropractic) must be tested at prescribed intervals for compliance with the regulations and other performance criteria adopted by the Radiological Council.

 

Compliance testing may only be performed by licensed testers. A list of licensed compliance testers can be obtained here.

 

All tests must be assessed and certified by qualified experts. A copy of the Program Requirements (PDF) for the compliance testing of human diagnostic x-ray equipment is available here.

 

It is an offence to use x-ray equipment for human diagnosis unless it has either a current -

compliance certificate;

conditional compliance certificate;

 

Conditional compliance may be granted to non-complying equipment provided the equipment is registered and was manufactured before the relevant regulations or standards came into effect. However, the Radiological Council will need to be satisfied that the item(s) of non-compliance -

cannot reasonably be rectified; and

do not unacceptably increase radiation dose.

certificate of exemption from compliance.

 

X-ray equipment that cannot meet either full or conditional compliance but which the registrant believes serves an ongoing clinical need, may make application to the Radiological Council for an exemption.

 

A "current" certificate is one that has not expired. The expiry date is determined by adding the specified test frequency to the date of the last compliance test. For certificates issued prior to 11 October 2001, the expiry date is determined by adding the specified test frequency to the date the certificate was issued.

notice of non-compliance;

 

Depending on the circumstances, the registrant may be directed to immediately cease use of the equipment until the identified item(s) of non-compliance are corrected.

 

However, if the need for correction is not urgent, the registrant may be directed to ensure that the identified item(s) of non-compliance are to corrected within 3 months of the compliance test or within 3 months after expiry of the current compliance certificate.