Ethics and Research Using Ionising Radiation

29 October 2019


Organised by IPEM's Diagnostic Radiology Special Interest Group

Ionising radiation is commonly used in many research studies and the Medical Physics Expert has a crucial role in ensuring these studies comply with the requirements of IRMER and the new Health Research Authority (HRA) Radiation Assurance procedures which are being rolled out. This educational workshop aims to provide delegates with the most up to date advice and guidance from HRA, ARSAC and other relevant bodies in order to facilitate IRMER compliance. The role of both the Lead and Local Medical Physics Expert and the Clinical Radiation Expert will be discussed and ‘common sense’ methods for assessment of research proposals will be presented. 

Other topics will include dosimetry for research purposes, setting dose constraints and communicating risk with the aim of providing standardised approaches to guide the MPE. Controversial issues, communication difficulties and application of professional judgement will also be discussed. In the light of upcoming requirements for MPE accreditation the workshop will also provide training for those who are new to MPE reviews of research applications as well as a session on Good Clinical Practice. Educational sessions including worked examples of lead HRA-style reviews and local IRMER reviews by experts in the field from various modalities will be included. 

The workshop will be especially beneficial for trainee MPEs completing a portfolio, experienced MPEs from all ionising radiation modalities as well as those seeking registration as an HRA reviewer.

Target audience
Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear medicine and Radiotherapy Physicists
MPEs in training 
Experienced MPEs seeking registration as HRA reviewers
Radiographers with an interest in research
Research trial practitioners

Learning Outcomes
A detailed understanding of the IRMER requirements for research using ionising radiation and application of these requirements following the latest guidance from relevant bodies including HRA and ARSAC.
Knowledge and awareness of strategies for dosimetry in research including calculating doses, setting dose constraints and communicating risk. 


On-line registration is now open. For any queries, email the IPEM conference team or ring 01904 550598.  

Workshop registration fees (including refreshments and lunch):

 Category Full     
 IPEM member £310 
 IPEM member trainee £260
 IPEM member technologist £230 
 IPEM member student/retired/non-salaried £170
 Non-member £410

Please note there is a £20 discount on these prices if booked up to 4 weeks in advance.

Registration deadline: 15th October

If you have any queries, please 
email the IPEM conference team or tel: 01904 550598. 


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