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About

The Institutional Radiation Safety Committee (IRSC) is a faculty-led radiation safety committee charged with ensuring the appropriate use of ionizing radiation-producing equipment and radioisotopes in research. Consistent with IRSC’s purpose, the committee has oversight over all KAUST research activities involving ionizing radiation-producing equipment and radioisotopes occurring both on the academic campus and in the field.

To obtain IRSC approval to conduct research with involving ionizing radiation-producing equipment or radioisotopes, a Principal Investigator should complete the radiation use authorization (RUA) form and e-mail it to IRSC@kaust.edu.sa.

Please contact IRSC@kaust.edu.sa for any questions on completing the RUA form.

IRSC Responsibilities
Approval and Review
  • Approve standard procedures and forms for investigators to use
  • Approve and review research activities involving ionizing radiation-producing equipment and radioisotopes before the initiation of any such research. This authorization is delegated to the Radiation Protection Officer for all ionizing radiation-producing equipment that is certified by the manufacturer to an international standard
  • Conduct continuing research proposal reviews at intervals appropriate to the degree of risk and as required by King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE)
  • Ensure that research activities are within the licensed limits
  • Review incidents or accidents involving ionizing radiation-producing equipment and radioisotopes
  • Periodically assess the effectiveness of the Radiation Protection Program and provide recommendations to HSE, including a review of the annual report to KACARE prior to submission
Training
  • Establish training procedures and criteria
Non-Compliance
  • Investigate alleged non-compliance involving ionizing radiation-producing equipment or radioisotopes
  • Suspend non-compliant research with regard to ionizing radiation-producing equipment or radioisotopes
  • Provide a written statement outlining the reasons for suspension of non-compliant research addressed to the Principal Investigator, respective Dean, and Research Operations and Compliance
National Registration/Accreditation

King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) is the regulatory authority for safe use of ionizing radiation in Saudi Arabia. KACARE grants KAUST its license to purchase, use, dispose and transport ionizing radiation as well as licensing the Radiation Protection Officer (RPO).