Cyber-attack & data theft: Our response & service status

Radioactive substances

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We are responsible for the regulation of all radioactive substances, helping to maintain and protect a safe and healthy environment.

Service status

A sophisticated criminal cyber-attack has had a major impact on the way SEPA works. We are working through all the services that we provide to understand what we need to do in the short and longer term to restore services. We are approaching this work with a sense of urgency.

Service status update 10 June 2021: Environmental authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018/ Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (RSA93)

What are we able to do now?

We have established a system to allow determination of permits made under EASR18/RSA93.

What should you do now?

If you have made or wish to make made an application under EASR18 or RSA93 please contact us 

Next update: 18 June 2021

Radioactive substances

On 1 September 2018, the Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 (EA(S)R) came into force for radioactive substances activities in Scotland. This replaces the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (RSA93), associated Exemption Order and the High-Activity Sealed Sources and Orphan Sources Regulations 2005.

We are responsible for regulating radioactive substances activities and now do so within an integrated authorisation framework designed to ensure that suitable controls are in place that are proportionate to the nature of the activity and any associated risks to human health and the environment. There are four types of authorisation under EA(S)R:

  • general binding rules (GBRs);
  • notification;
  • registration;
  • permit.

These types of authorisation replace the registrations and authorisations under RSA93 and those using the associated Exemption Order. We have produced new application forms, new standard conditions and guidance, an RS Authorisation guide, a Fit and Proper Person guidance and a Public Participation Statement.

You can report an incident involving radioactive material or radioactive waste by calling our 24 hour pollution hotline on 0800 80 70 60.