Council Regulation 1493/93/Euratom (hereby referred to as the Regulation) came into force on 9 July 1993 and introduced duties in relation to the shipments of radioactive substances/sources between Member States within the European community.
The Regulation requires that such shipments are controlled and documented. In particular, it requires the source holder (consignor) to obtain a prior written declaration from the consignee to the effect that the consignee has complied with national requirements for the safe storage, use and disposal of the source being received. The Regulation does not affect transport requirements.
Source holders (consignors) must provide quarterly summaries of all the shipments they made to a Member State during that period to the relevant Competent Authority (CA) in that State.
For imports of radioactive sealed sources and other relevant sources to sites licensed under the Nuclear Installations Act the CA is the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) with the responsibility delegated to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
For imports of radioactive sealed sources and other relevant sources to non-nuclear licensed sites the CAs are the Environment Agency (EA) in England, National Resources Wales (NRW) in Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in Scotland.
For shipments, Article 4 of the Regulation requires the source holder/exporter to obtain a prior written declaration from the Consignee, by means of a standard declaration form, to the effect that the Consignee has complied with national requirements of the country of destination for the safe storage, use and disposal of that class of radioactive substance.
For the quarterly report, the Consignor must provide to the CA a summary of all shipments into the UK over the period of time covered, including information on shipments to each consignee, specifying the type of substance/source, the total activity per radionuclide and number of deliveries and the highest single quantity of each radionuclide delivered (as specified in article 6).
For imports of radioactive sealed sources and other relevant sources into the UK to sites licensed under the Nuclear Installations Act, the consignee (the Licensee) must send the completed declaration form referred to above to ONR. ONR will confirm that it has taken note of the declaration by reviewing the information provided, logging the declaration, and if satisfied stamp the form and return it to the Consignee. The Consignee will then send the completed form to the source holder/exporter to enable the shipment of the source.
Declarations may refer to more than one shipment and such a declaration may be valid for a specified period of time.
Completed declaration forms, quarterly returns and related enquiries should be sent to:
Division Delivery Support
Office for Nuclear Regulation
3rd Floor - St James House
St James Square