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Any radiation work involving human participants must be carried out under the Code of Practice for the Exposure of Humans to Ionising Radiation for Research Purposes developed by ARPANSA (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science Agency) and introduced in May 2005. The Code requires that any research proposal exposing human participants to ionising radiation must be assessed by a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) prior to commencement.
Applications for ethics approval must include a completed DUHREC Ionising Radiation Supplement. DUHREC has published Guidelines for the Ionising Radiation Supplement which is provided to assist researchers in completing the supplement and to provide further details of researchers' obligations where ionising radiation will be used in human research projects. Another useful resource is research involving the irradiation of persons which can be found on the Department of Health webpage.