RPA 2000 is a non-profit making company, set up in the year 2000, solely for the purpose of certifying competence in ionising and non-ionising radiation protection practice.
Impending changes to the RPA2000 system for RPA recognition
In light of HSE’s recent proposal to change the RPA Statement, RPA2000 has been liaising with HSE on the necessary revisions to how we assess RPA core competence.
Based on current information, the timeframe for change is as follows:
• The revised Statement will be published on HSE’s website on 1 September 2021.
• HSE has granted RPA2000 four months from the date of publication to make all necessary revisions to the scheme, ie by 31 December 2021.
• HSE has stated that after the end of that four-month period all applications for RPA recognition or re-recognition must be in line with the updated protocols, ie with effect from 1 January 2022.
RPA2000 will liaise with assessors and others as necessary throughout the revision process and regular updates (including any revisions to timeframes) will be provided on this website. However, it is unlikely that the revised procedures and documentation will be available for use by the RPA community before 31 December 2021. This being the case please note the following:
(i) Applications prepared under the existing arrangements and received by RPA2000 on or before 31 December 2021 will be accepted and assessed against the current criteria.
(ii) Applications received on or after 1 January 2022 must be in line with revised procedures. Existing RPAs with certificates due to expire between 1 January 2022 and 30 June 2022 may apply for an extension to their certificates. NB those with certificates due to expire early in 2022 may wish to submit renewal applications before 31 December 2021.
Update: COVID-19 and Recertification
As previously announced, and with agreement of the relevant regulators, RPA 2000 has extended by six months all RPA, RWA and LPA Certificates of Competence with an original expiry date on or before 31st March 2021. All Certificate of Competence holders to whom this applies should have been contacted by RPA 2000 and confirmation of dates can be seen by accessing the lists of certificate holders page on this website.
This relaxation appears to have been generally effective in easing potential pressures on recertification. However, RPA 2000 recognises that the ongoing situation remains variable and that that there may be some certificate holders due to renew in the coming months who may be having difficulty collating sufficient evidence of ongoing operational activity. RPA 2000 is willing to consider such situations on a case by case basis : any concerned certificate holders should contact the Administration Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the first instance.
MPE Transition Scheme Now Open
Applications are now invited for the Transition Scheme (administered by IPEM) for those on the list to be added to the list of those holding an MPE Certificate of Competence issued by RPA2000. Closing date: 31st August 2021. Applications received after this date will not be processed and these individuals will no longer be entitled to act as a Medical Physics Expert.
Implementation of IRR17
RPA certificate holders who have been issued with a Certificate of Competence under IRR99 are advised that the certificate will continue to be valid up to its declared expiry date.
For initial (new) applications for an RPA Certificate of Competence, continue using the existing guidance and proformas on the RPA2000 website. This will also mean acceptance of evidence gained by applicants within the preceding 5 years that may reference IRR99. Where IRR17 differs significantly from IRR99 then annotate your evidence explaining how that evidence meets the requirements of IRR17.