Radiation Safety Act 2016

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Reprint as at 18 October 2016

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Radiation Safety Act 2016

Public Act
2016 No 6
Date of assent
7 March 2016
see section 2

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Health.


6Act binds the Crown
7Relationship with specified enactments
8Duty to comply with fundamental requirements
9Protecting people from radiation
10Safety of radiation sources
11Security of radiation source
12Transport, storage, and disposal of radiation source
13Activities that require authorisation under this Act
14Applications for authorisations must be made to Director
15Situations where source licence not required
16Situations where use licence not required
17Source licence
18Radiation safety plan
19When Director may grant source licence
20Duties of holders of source licence
21Use licence
22Grant of use licence
23Duties of holders of use licences and other users
24Grant of consent to import or export radioactive material
25Duties of consent holders
26When authorisation expires
27Suspension, variation, or cancellation of authorisation
28Application to renew authorisation
29Director may require further information
30Director must keep register of controlled radiation sources
31Controlled radiation sources must be registered
32Information that must be on register
33Form of register
34Search of register by approved persons
35Duty to keep records and make them available
36Appointment of enforcement officers
37Power to inspect places
38Powers of enforcement officers when inspecting places
39Compliance with Building Act 2004
40Requirement to answer questions
41General power to request information
42Appointment of international inspectors
43International inspector must be accompanied by enforcement officer
44Compliance orders
45Form, content, and service of compliance order
46Seizure, storage, and disposal of radiation source
47Director may return seized material
48Appeal against Director’s decision may be made to District Court
49District Court may refer matter back for reconsideration
50Decision to have effect pending determination of appeal
51Procedure on appeal
52Appeal on question of law to High Court
54Declaration of radiation emergency
55On site declaration of radiation emergency
56Effect of declaration on certain enforcement officers
57Emergency powers
58Compensation for property requisitioned or destroyed
59Protection of enforcement officers and people assisting
60Radiation response plan
61Director to contribute to development of emergency management planning and strategies under other Acts
62Offence to contravene fundamental requirements
63Offence to do certain things without authorisation
64Offence to provide false or misleading information
65Duties of persons who hold authorisations
66Offences relating to register
67Offence relating to record keeping
68Offence to refuse entry
69Offence not to answer questions or provide requested information
70Offence to obstruct, etc, enforcement officers
71Offence not to comply with requirement of enforcement officer in emergency
72Offence not to comply with compliance order
73Defence in prosecution for strict liability offence
74Liability of body corporate, principal, or individual
75Court may order person to mitigate or remedy adverse effects
76Appointment of Director for Radiation Safety
77Functions, duties, and powers of Director
78Minister may authorise Director to approve authorisations relating to nuclear material
79Delegation of powers, functions, or duties of Director
80Radiation Safety Advisory Council
81Functions of Council
82Advisory and technical committees
83Other matters
85Annual report
86Codes of practice
87Content of codes of practice
88Codes of practice to be available on Internet site
89Director may amend or revoke codes of practice
90Codes of practice must be reviewed
92Regulations relating to fees
93Other regulations
94Order in Council amending Schedules 2 and 3
95Transitional, savings, and related provisions
96Radiation Protection Act 1965 repealed
98Amendments to Terrorism Suppression Act 2002
99Consequential amendments
Reprint notes

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows: