Apply for L5 - Licence to use ionising irradiating apparatus (other than sale)
National Environment Agency (NEA)
For Individual Users only
This licence is only for individuals with no Unique Entity Number (UEN).
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This licence is required for applicants intending to use, operate, energise or supervise the use of ionising radiation irradiating apparatus.
Do I need to apply for this licence?
This licence is required if you intend to use or supervise the use of irradiating apparatus. These include, but are not limited to:
- X-ray equipment (medical or non-medical)
- X-ray equipment (fixed or portable)
- Charged particle accelerator
- Linear accelerator (LINAC)
- CT scanner
- Bone densitometer
- Gamma knife
- OPG or PA
- Ion implanter
What conditions do I need to fulfil?
i. To be eligible, the applicant must be a Singapore Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work visa.
ii. Only SMC registered diagnostic radiologists, SMC registered therapeutic radiologists, SDC registered dentists and AVA licenced veterinarians may be licenced to use irradiating apparatus for medical diagnostic, medical therapeutic, dental diagnostic and veterinary purposes, respectively.
iii. Unless exempted by RPNSD, applicants are required to pass the relevant qualifying tests. A notification letter informing applicants of the test date, time and venue as well as the webpage link to the study materials will be sent to the applicants upon the processing of the submitted licence application. Study materials may be found at NEA's website. A maximum of 2 test attempts are allowed for the qualifying test, failing which the licence application will be considered unsuccessful. There will be no refund of the licence fee.
iv. Medical examination is required when applying for a new user licence or when re-applying for a lapsed user licence. The Medical Certificate form can be downloaded from: https://www.eportal.nea.gov.sg > Categories > Radiation Safety > eServices and Forms > Medical Certificate Form for L5, L6, and R1 Applications.
v. The applicant / licensee must comply with the Radiation Protection Act and its subsidiary Regulations, in particular the Radiation Protection (Ionising Radiation) Regulations.
What supporting documents do I need to submit?
i. Duly completed Medical Certificate form
ii. Relevant qualifications
How soon can my application be processed?
Complete applications with the necessary supporting documents will typically be processed within 10 working days upon reception of the submission. Licence applications that require pre-licence inspections and/or licence applicants who are instructed to sit for a qualifying test may require a longer period of time (4 - 8 weeks or more).
How much does this licence cost and how long is it valid?
The licence costs $145 per year and is valid for 3, 6, 9, 12 or 24 months.
Who can I contact for further details?
For licensing enquiries, please contact the National Environment Agency Call Centre at 1800-2255632 or 1800-CALL NEA or (65) 6225 5632 (from overseas). You can also email us at contact_NEA@nea.gov.sg.
How do I change the profile information (e.g. contact details) associated with my radiation licences?
For holders of individual licences (L5, L6, R1, N3): To amend your personal details (e.g. contact number, email address), please email NEA_RPNSD_Licence@nea.gov.sg with the current information to be amended and the updated information.
How do I pay for the licence fees?
Payment may be made online via Credit Card when submitting the licence application. GIRO payment is also possible for customers with existing GIRO arrangement with RPNSD. To set up a GIRO account, please complete and submit the GIRO application form found on the NEA website: https://www.eportal.nea.gov.sg > Categories > Radiation Safety > eServices and Forms > GIRO Application Form for Radiation Licences. Cheque payment will no longer be accepted. Licence fees paid or submitted are not refundable.
Which clinic should I go to get the medical check-up done?
Please bring the medical certificate form to a local medical clinic. The clinic will arrange for a blood test to be conducted. It will take a few days before the results are known. The doctor will follow up on your case, and complete the form before returning it to you. Please ensure that the doctor has indicated whether or not you are fit to engage in radiation work before you leave the clinic. You are advised to keep a copy of the medical form for your own reference. Please note that L5, L6 licences and R1 certificate holders in the NDT industry will need to undertake a blood test annually, and submit the test results to NEA during the renewal of the licences. This annual test is generally not compulsory for workers who are not in the NDT industry.
What other things do I need to know about radiation licences?
L5 / L6 licensees will each be issued with a TLD card for the monitoring of radiation exposure. Each new licensee will need to purchase a TLD card holder ($25.20). On a periodic basis, a new set of TLD cards will be issued. The L5 / L6 licensees are required to return their TLD cards and those of their workers (who hold the R1 certificate) to RPNSD for analysis. All previously issued TLD cards must be returned to RPNSD within two weeks upon the reception of new TLD cards. Note that a fee of $54.60 will be charged to the licensee for each loss/damage TLD card.
Where can I find more radiation regulatory and licensing information?
You may refer to the radiation safety webpage on NEA's website.
Where is RPNSD located?
RPNSD (Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science Department) is a department within the National Environment Agency (NEA). Our office is located at the 3rd Storey of the Annex Block of Environment Building at 40 Scotts Road. The nearest MRT station is Newton. Our mailing address is:
Radiation Protection and Nuclear Science Department
National Environment Agency
3rd Storey, Annex Block
40 Scotts Road, Singapore 228231
Licence Fees: $145 per year.
- Medical Certificate Form
Completed medical examination form.
- Relevant Qualifications
Copy of relevant certificates of academic qualifications or training certificate.
- Other Supporting Documents
Other relevant supporting documents.