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Compliance Inspection of Licence Conditions 10, 12, 24, and 26

Executive summary

Purpose of Intervention

This inspection at the GE Healthcare licensed site at Amersham was to examine the licensee’s arrangements made under Licence Condition (LC) 10 (Training), LC12 (Duly authorised and other suitably qualified and experienced persons), LC24 (Operating instructions), and LC26 (Control and supervision of operations). The aim of the inspection was to ascertain whether the licensee could characterise radioactive waste with sufficient measurement quality and to determine whether measurements could be made so that parts of site could be delicensed under the ‘no danger’ criterion, which is the licensee’s objective.

Interventions Carried Out by ONR

The inspection was targeted on those activities and facilities engaged in the sampling and analysis of waste and, in the near future, other material for the delicensing process. In all cases, the licensee’s arrangements for compliance with Licence Conditions 10, 12, 24, and 26 were assessed.

ONR inspectors met with the Head of Dosimetry, Radiation Protection Adviser/Regulatory Liaison Officer, Consultant, and Safety Case and New Licence Lead. The inspection commenced with a discussion of the licensee’s responses to a pre-inspection questionnaire and the supporting evidence to their answers that they provided. The intervention included an inspection of the licensee’s arrangements as implemented in the laboratory.

Explanation of Judgement if Safety System Not Judged to be Adequate

This is not applicable.

Key Findings, Inspector's Opinions and Reasons for Judgements Made

We assessed that the licensee had adequate arrangements for compliance with Licence Conditions 10, 12, 24, and 26 in those activities and facilities engaged in the sampling and analysis of waste and, in the near future, other substances relevant to the need to de-licence parts of the site.

The Site Inspector identified a minor issue related to LC12 arrangements and advised the licensee to document a portfolio of evidence for each of its personnel to demonstrate that they are Suitably Qualified and Experienced Persons. The licensee agreed with this observation and committed to addressing the matter, which will be confirmed through future routine inspection visits.

Conclusion of Intervention

We judged that the licensee’s arrangements and their implementation, for compliance with LCs 10, 12, 24, and 26 were adequate.