Explanation Guides

Please note that the below guidance does not relate to the current Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017


IR(ME)R Explanation Guide and Procedures (2014-2017)

The GCC has developed an Explanation Guide which is designed to assist chiropractic practices in complying with the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000, which govern the use of Ionising radiation (x-rays) in healthcare.

In 2010, it was found that a number of compliance issues had emerged as a result of inspection visits carried out by the HSE Radiation Team to chiropractic practices with x-ray sets. In order to aid compliance with the IR(ME)R regulations, it was advised that the profession should develop industry specific guidelines. The Explanation Guide and Procedures were drafted by the GCC and reviewed following feedback from Public Health England (PHE), IR(ME)R Inspectorates and the Chiropractic Professional Associations. These documents remain the work of the GCC and have not received formal endorsement from PHE or the IR(ME)R Inspectorates.

Registrants are strongly encouraged to use the Explanation Guide and Procedures in their practice and the GCC will be seeking feedback from Registrants on their use in due course.        

Please note that all the suggested text and examples contained in the Guide should be carefully adapted to ensure they match local practice, and any text that is shown in red needs to be carefully considered in order so that local ownership and practice can be demonstrated.

IR(ME)R Explanation Guide

IR(ME)R Procedures

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 replaces IR(ME)R 2000 on 6 February 2018.