Hundreds of thousands of X Ray related procedures are performed every year in Indian hospitals and other diagnostic facilities. The radiation exposure from such procedures is unavoidable but it can definitely be reduced to a large extent. Our government takes necessary steps to ensure that such X Ray facilities are safe to use for patients, workers and public at large. One such important step was the formation of AERB i.e. Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) which was constituted on November 15, 1983 by the President of India by exercising the powers conferred by Section 27 of the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 (33 of 1962) to carry out certain regulatory and safety functions under the Act. The regulatory authority of AERB is derived from the rules and notifications promulgated under the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 and the Environmental (Protection) Act, 1986. They are headquartered in Mumbai, India.
The mission of the Board is to ensure that the use of ionizing radiation and nuclear energy in India does not cause undue risk to health and the environment. As per Atomic Energy (Radiation Protection) Rules 2004, AERB registration is mandatory for all users of medical x-ray equipments to obtain License for Operation from AERB.
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