National Dose Register

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Safety Standards, the regulatory body must make provision for establishing and maintaining records of occupational radiation doses. The regulatory body may or may not be the sole entity responsible for the maintenance of these registers and inventories, and it may be involved in the proper retention and use of such records. International best practice for record keeping of internal and external national occupational radiation doses requires the utilisation of a central dose registry. To this end, the Joint Coordination Committee, formed by the regulatory bodies in South Africa, mandated a working group to establish a National Dose Register (NDR). The NDR is a centralised system for recording occupational radiation exposures in the country. The NDR data can be used for tracking a registered worker’s cumulative dose based on data provided by the authorisation holder or dosimetry service provider. The Joint Coordination Committee approved a proposal to use the IAEA Regulatory Authority Information System (RAIS) software application as a basis for the development of the NDR. The proposal, which was included in an IAEA technical cooperation national project, referred to international practice, available software and databases, a proposed location and the eventual establishment of a National Dose Register.