Non-nuclear industries

We regulate the storage, use and disposal of all radioactive substances, including those from the non-nuclear industry.

Organisations that use radioactive substances, but are not part of the nuclear industry, are collectively known as the non-nuclear industry.

What is the non-nuclear industry?

The non-nuclear industry typically includes hospitals, universities and industry, which use radiation for a variety of purposes including:

  • diagnosing and treating disease, in both humans and animals;
  • controlling industrial processes, such as gauges;
  • preventing static electricity;
  • industrial radiography;
  • scientific research.

How is the non-nuclear industry regulated?

We issue permits which contain specific limitations and conditions under which radioactive substances, which are not exempt from regulatory control, can be used, stored and disposed of, to ensure that potential effects to human health and the environment are minimised.

Non-nuclear industries must apply to us for:

  • a registration to keep or use radioactive materials;
  • an authorisation to accumulate and dispose of radioactive waste.

For more information about the legislation relating to radioactive substances, please visit our Regulation and legislation page.

The Scottish Non-Nuclear Industries Liaison Group (SNNILG)

We chair this group, which brings non-nuclear industries and other regulators together twice a year to raise any issues related to the regulation of radioactive substances, according to its terms of reference.

The group also consults with and informs non-nuclear industries on matters relating to the keeping, use and disposal of radioactive substances.

SNNILG representatives include:

Contact us

For more information about any aspect of non-nuclear industries, please contact us.