New radiation protection regulation in Norway
Work in connection with revision of the basic regulation for radiation protection and use of radiation has been going on for several years, and drafts are now being circulated for comments. The former basic regulations have been split into two regulations: one for radiation protection and one for environmental prtection. The environmental regulation contains a number of nuclide-specific tables, defining various exemption and clearance levels. The revised radiation protection regulations are tightened on several points. Stricter requirements for medical screening programs are introduced, and the issue of self-referral has been addressed. Also stricter requirements for radon concentrations in school and kindergartens are suggested. Concerning non-ionising radiation, the most dramatic change refers to the introduction of 18-year limit and staffing requirements for tanning studios. Both regulations are planned to come into force from January 1st 2010.