Radiological Protection Act, 1991

Conferral of additional functions on Institute.

9.—(1) The Minister may, from time to time, by order—

(a) confer on the Institute such additional functions connected with the functions for the time being of the Institute or the services or activities that the Institute is authorised for the time being to provide or carry on (including functions of the Minister in relation to any directive, regulation or other act adopted by an institution of the European Communities in relation to ionising radiation, radioactive substances, nuclear devices, irradiating apparatus, radiological safety and matters connected therewith) as he considers appropriate;

(b) make such provision as he considers necessary or expedient in relation to matters ancillary to or arising out of the conferral on the Institute of functions under this section or the performance by the Institute of functions so conferred; and

(c) extend the powers and functions of the Institute to cover such matters pertaining to non-ionising radiation as may be specified in the order.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) of this section, the Minister may, from time to time, by order assign to the Institute any or all of the following functions:

(a) the monitoring of compliance with any safety codes established or regulations made (whether under this Act, the Health Act, 1953 , or any of the relevant statutory provisions within the meaning of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 ) relating to radioactive substances, nuclear devices or irradiating apparatus or to radiological safety, and

(b) in the performance of any function mentioned in this subsection, the control of the custody, use, manufacture, importation, distribution, transportation, insurance, sale, exportation or other disposal of radioactive substances or irradiating apparatus or nuclear devices as may be specified in the order.

(3) Before making an order under this section, the Minister shall consult the Ministers for Finance, Industry and Commerce, Agriculture and Food, Labour, Foreign Affairs, Education, Health, the Environment, Tourism and Transport, the Marine, Communications and Defence.

(4) An order under this section may include such conditions, in relation to the execution of functions conferred on the Institute under this section, as the Minister, after consultation with the aforesaid Ministers, may determine.

(5) The Minister may, after consultation with the Ministers referred to in subsection (3) of this section by order revoke or amend an order under this section.