Many hospitals using X-ray machines sans approval

Dr Jitendra Singh
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Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy Dr Jitendra Singh

The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) is aware that in spite of its continuous regulatory efforts, there may be some X-ray centres that are using scan machines without obtaining mandatory approval from the nuclear watchdog of the country, the Lok Sabha has been informed.

At present, 69,030 diagnostic X-ray equipment are licensed by AERB through its online system, namely e-licensing of radiation applications, Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy Dr Jitendra Singh stated in reply to a question in the House.

AERB is continuously making all regulatory efforts to bring diagnostic X-ray equipment in the country under its regulatory ambit by increasing awareness through the respective district Law Enforcement Authorities and District Health Authorities and through AERB's Regional Regulatory Centres, Dr Singh said.

As part of its online registration process, in the first stage, AERB verifies institution details through review of legal documents such as institution Pan Card and certification of State/ Local Authorities issued for the institution, he said.

AERB continuously reviews its regulatory mechanism based on feedback obtained from the stakeholders, international requirements etc., of licensing and revises its licensing process without compromising the radiation safety, the minister informed the House.


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