DENTISTS

The use of x-ray equipment and lasers in Western Australia must comply with the requirements of the Radiation Safety Act and the Radiation Safety (General) Regulations. The following information is relevant for dentists that use x-ray equipment or lasers during the course of their business.

 

Licensing for X-ray Equipment

Dentists registered in the dental profession with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) do not require a licence to operate intraoral, orthopantomogram (OPG) or lateral cephalometric x-ray equipment for the purpose of dental radiography. Dental ancillary personnel who have satisfactorily completed an approved course of training are permitted to operate intraoral, OPG or lateral cephalometric x-ray equipment under the direction and supervision of a registered dentist.

Dentists must hold a licence under the Radiation Safety Act to own and operate cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) equipment. To apply for a licence you will need to complete and submit a licence application form [PDF < 100 kb]. To be eligible for a licence, you will need to be registered as a dental practitioner with AHPRA and have a Masters Degree in Oral and/or Maxillofacial Radiology obtained at the University of Queensland or the University of Adelaide. Dentists who hold an equivalent qualification may apply for that qualification to be recognised by Council in order to be eligible for a licence.

The licence amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to change your postal address or name, add or remove a licence purpose, or to terminate your licence.

 

Licensing for Lasers

Dentists must hold a licence under the Radiation Safety Act to use Class 3B and/or Class 4 lasers.

To apply for a licence you will need to complete and submit a licence application form [PDF < 100 kb]. To be eligible for a licence, you will need to be registered as a dental practitioner with AHPRA and have attended a recognised laser safety course. See courses and examinations for further information on recognised radiation safety courses.

The licence amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to change your postal address or name, add or remove a licence purpose, or to terminate your licence.

 

Registration

The premises and all x-ray equipment and lasers in use or storage must be registered. Should you need to make an application for registration, you will need to complete and submit a registration application form [PDF < 100 kb]. Registrations are not transferrable between owners. The new owner of the premises and any x-ray equipment or lasers must apply for a new registration.

A nomination for the Radiation Safety Officer will need to be made on the registration application. To make a change of Radiation Safety Officer, you will need to submit a nomination to the Radiological Council in writing.

You must give prior written notification to the Radiological Council of any planned changes that affect the information previously supplied for your registration. The registration amendment form [PDF < 100 kb] may be used to advise of new equipment, sale or transfer of equipment, or disposal of equipment. For changes not covered by this form, you will need to submit written notification to Council requesting your registration be amended.

For both new registration applications and amendment to an existing registration, the following must be considered –

  • Compliance Testing
    Compliance testing is required for all diagnostic x-ray equipment used on humans.
     
  • Structural Protection
    Structural protection assessments are required to be undertaken for all x-ray installations.
     

 

Further Information

 

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Page last revised: 20 August 2013