Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE MPH3006

 
TITLE European and National Legislation and Roles in Medical Physics and Radiation Protection

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 2

 
DEPARTMENT Medical Physics

 
DESCRIPTION This unit surveys European and national legislation defining and impacting the roles of Medical Physicists and Radiation Protection Experts. Emphasis is made on statutory and institutional requirements for Medical Physics Services and Radiation Protection Services based on updated EU and local legislation. The European dimension of legislation will be discussed to ensure that students look beyond their national perspectives and appreciate the importance of harmonisation of legislation and practices at the European level.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:
- Survey European and national legislation defining and impacting the roles of Medical Physicists and Radiation Protection Experts;
- Explain in detail relevant international and EU recommendations and documentation relevant to medical devices, medical physics, ionising and non-ionising radiation protection and protection from other physical agents;
- Present and discuss the roles of the Medical Physicist, Medical Physics Expert, Radiation Protection Expert and Radiation Protection Officer as defined in European, national and local legislation/documentation;
- Ensure students become familiar with the legalistic terminology in which such legislation is couched.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain in detail relevant international, EU, national and local legislation, recommendations and documentation relevant to medical devices, medical physics, ionising and non-ionising radiation protection and protection from other physical agents;
- Explain and discuss the roles of the Medical Physicist, Medical Physics Expert, Radiation Protection Expert and Radiation Protection Officer as defined in European, national and local legislation/documentation; and
- Define and explain the legalistic terminology in which such legislation is couched.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Utilize legalistic terminology associated with medical physics and radiation protection in own writing and presentations;
- Make references to legal and associated documentation to support their arguments;
- Retrieve information from different sources;
- Communicate orally with peers; and
- Seek advice when a task is outside one’s ability.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main
- EC. (2013). COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 2013/59/EURATOM of 5 December 2013 laying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation.
- Caruana C. J., Virginia Tsapaki V., Damilakis J., et al. (2018). EFOMP policy statement 16: The role and competences of medical physicists and medical physics experts under 2013/59/EURATOM. Phys. Med. 2018;48:162-168.
- EC. (2014 ). RP174 European Guidelines on the Medical Physics Expert.

Supplementary
- European Parliament and Council. (2008). Recommendation 2008/C 111/01 on the establishment of the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning.
- Hand J., Bosmans H., Caruana C.J., et al. (2013). EFOMP Policy Statement No 14: The role of the Medical Physicist in the management of safety within the magnetic resonance imaging environment: EFOMP recommendations. Phys. Med. 2013;29:122-125.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment 100%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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