Radiation Safety

Guidelines for Licence Application

Types of Licences


Guidelines for licence application 1

Note: You may refer to the list of controlled irradiating apparatus and radioactive materials, which are subjected to licensing by NEA, under Additional Licensing Information.

1An L3 licence is required for each individual apparatus.
2Each L4 licence has its unique inventory list of sources. Any update will be considered as a licence amendment.
3Examples of industrial ultrasound apparatus ≥ 1,200 W:

  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Ultrasound imaging (for non-destructive testing purposes)
  • Ultrasonic welding machines

4Each N2 licence has its unique inventory list of apparatus contained within the site. Any update will be considered as a licence amendment.
5An N3 licence is not required for registered medical practitioners or dentists if they have obtained the consent of both of the following persons to use a medical laser at a healthcare institution:

  • the individual in charge of that healthcare institution;
  • the licensee of the N2 licence granted in respect of that medical laser.

How to Apply for Radiation Licences

For dealer, possession, user and transport licences (L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, R1, L6A, N1, N2, N3): Submit applications online via the GoBusiness Licensing Portal: https://www.gobusiness.gov.sg/licences

Applicants will be required to log in using their CorpPass6 / SingPass7 accounts to complete the online application forms. For individuals who are unable to obtain a SingPass account, you may register for a Login ID on the Licensing Portal. 

Licences

Licence Holder

Login

L1, L2, L3, L4, L6A, N1, N2

Organisation (UEN)

CorpPass

L5, L6, N3, R1

Individual (NRIC, FIN, Passport number)

SingPass / Login ID


You may visit the “Help Topics” on the GoBusiness Licensing Portal for more information on (i) how to submit an application and (ii) how to register for a Login ID for individuals who are unable to obtain a SingPass account. Should applicants require further assistance on submission of applications, such as those listed in the table below, please contact the relevant parties for support.

Issues with application

What should I do?

  • Unable to log in to your SingPass / CorpPass / GoBusiness account
  • Unable to proceed to the next page of the application
  • Application page loaded unsuccessfully
  • Unable to make licence fee payment

Please contact

licences-helpdesk@crimsomlogic.com.sg for assistance.

  • Unsure of how to complete the fields within the application
  • Unsure of your existing radiation licence number
  • Unsure of which licence to apply for
  • Unable to find your existing licence to amend, renew or cancel

Please contact RPNSD through NEA’s feedback/enquiry channel.


6
CorpPass is a corporate digital identity for businesses and other entities (such as non-profit organization and associations) to transact with government agencies online. For more information, please see the CorpPass website: www.corppass.gov.sg.
7PRs and foreigners holding certain passes are eligible for SingPass and should register for a SingPass account. For more information, please see the SingPass website: www.singpass.gov.sg/register/instructions.

For import and export licences (L7A/B, L8A/B, N4A/B): Please refer to Information on Licences to Import or Export Irradiating Apparatus or Radioactive Materials. 


Information on New Licence Application

The table below shows the list of key licence-specific information and supporting documents that you will need to complete your application and the licence application fee for each licence type. NEA may request for the submission of other relevant information or documents.

Licence Type

Information Required / Supporting Documents

Licence Application Fee

L1, N1

  • Details of apparatus such as name of manufacturer and make / model
  • Address of storage location (for L1) / operation location (for N1)
  • Brochures, catalogues or data sheets showing the technical specifications of the apparatus
  • For apparatus to be used on human beings, registration approval or authorisation from the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for medical irradiating apparatus intended for local sale

$52.50 (3 months)

$105 (6 months)

$157.50 (9 months)

$210 (1 year)

$420 (2 years)

L2

  • Details of radioactive material(s) such as radionuclide, maximum radioactivity, form & nature of substance, name of manufacturer, country of manufacture and make / model
  • Address of storage or manufacturing location
  • Brochures, catalogues or data sheets showing the technical specifications of the apparatus
  • For apparatus to be used on human beings, registration approval or authorisation from the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for medical devices intended for local sale
  • Official document from your overseas supplier stating that they will accept the return of disused sources for proper disposal
  • Official document to your customers stating that your company will accept the return of disused sources for proper disposal
  • Radiation Protection Plan; information on radioactive waste generation and disposal / decommissioning plan (For manufacture of radioactive materials)

 

$52.50 (3 months)

$105 (6 months)

$157.50 (9 months)

$210 (1 year)

$420 (2 years)

L3

  • Particulars of supplier (name, address, L1 licence number if local supplier)
  • Details of apparatus such as name of manufacturer, make / model, maximum voltage, maximum current and serial number [Note: If the serial number cannot be confirmed at time of application, applicant may indicate “TBC”]
  • Storage location address
  • Brochures, catalogues or data sheets showing the technical specifications of the apparatus
  • Floor plan showing position of apparatus within controlled area and areas surrounding the controlled area
  • Radiation Protection Plan
  • Decommissioning plan (for accelerators)
  • The approximate date of commissioning of the apparatus. This will facilitate the arrangement of the pre-licensing inspection

[Note: You may apply for the L3 licence once the sales / purchase is confirmed. The pre-licensing inspection can only be conducted after installation and the apparatus should not be energised before the inspection unless authorisation is given.]

 

$38.75 (3 months)

$77.50 (6 months)

$116.25 (9 months)

$155 (1 year)

$310 (2 years)

 

 

L4

  • Particulars of supplier (name, address, L2 licence number if local supplier)
  • Details of radioactive material such as name of radionuclide, maximum radioactivity, date as at stated radioactivity, form & nature of substance, country of manufacture, model, source / device serial number [Note: If the serial number cannot be confirmed at time of application, applicant may indicate “TBC”]
  • Address of storage location
  • Brochures, catalogues or data sheets showing the technical specifications of the radioactive source
  • Floor plan showing position of apparatus within controlled area and areas surrounding the controlled area
  • Radiation Protection Plan
  • Official document from your supplier stating that they will accept the return of disused sources for proper disposal (if applicable)
  • Approximate date of commissioning of the radioactive material. This will facilitate the arrangement of the pre-licensing inspection.

[Note: An authorisation letter will be issued to the applicant to temporarily possess the radioactive material to facilitate the conduct of the pre-licensing inspection.]

$38.75 (3 months)

$77.50 (6 months)

$116.25 (9 months)

$155 (1 year)

$310 (2 years)

 

N2

  • Particulars of supplier (name, address, N1 licence number if local supplier)
  • Details of apparatus such as name of manufacturer, make / model and serial number [Note: If the serial number cannot be confirmed at time of application, applicant may indicate “TBC”]
  • Address of storage location
  • Brochures, catalogues or data sheets showing the technical specifications of the apparatus
  • For apparatus to be used on human beings, registration approval or authorisation from the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for medical devices

[Note: N2 licence may now be granted in respect of two or more irradiating apparatus under the charge of the same licensee. One N2 licence may cover two or more irradiating apparatus.]

$155 (per apparatus for first year)

$65 (per apparatus for subsequent years)

L5, L6

  • Medical examination certificate including blood test
  • Documentary proof of relevant training / qualifications
  • (For medical doctors and dentists) Singapore Medical Council / Singapore Dental Council registration number
  • (For veterinarians) Animal and Veterinary Service licence number
  • L3 (for L5)/ L4 (for L6) licence number or Application ID of the ionising irradiating apparatus / radioactive source that applicant will be using

$36.25 (3 months)

$72.50 (6 months)

$108.75 (9 months)

$145 (1 year)

$290 (2 years)

R1

  • Medical examination certificate including blood test
  • Documentary proof of relevant training / qualifications
  • L5 / L6 licence number or Application ID who will be responsible for the radiation safety in any radiation work to be conducted by the applicant
  • (For medical diagnostic radiographers and radiation therapists) In-principle approval for registration or registration certificate with the Allied Health Professional Council (AHPC)

$105 (1 year)

$210 (2 years)

N3

  • Medical eye examination certificate
  • Documentary proof of relevant training / qualifications (e.g. Basic Laser Safety Course certificate)

$26.25 (3 months)

$52.50 (6 months)

$78.75 (9 months)

$105 (1 year)

$210 (2 years)

 

L6A

  • Transport emergency response plan

$38.75 (3 months)

$77.50 (6 months)

$116.25 (9 months)

$155 (1year)

$310 (2 years)

 



Information on Amendment, Renewal and Cancellation of Licences

It is the responsibility of the licence holders to manage their licences. Licence holders must, where applicable: – 

  • renew their licences timely by submitting renewal applications at least one month before the licence expiry date;
  • pay the annual fee for their N2 licences by the licence anniversary date;
  • ensure that licence details such as storage location and list of apparatus / radioactive materials are accurate and updated;  
  • inform NEA when there is a change in point of contact (e.g. name, contact number and e-mail address); and
  • obtain authorisation from NEA to dispose of or decommission apparatus / materials and cancel licences that are no longer required. 

You will be able to see the record(s) of all radiation licences (except import / export licences applied through TradeNet) tied to your CorpPass UEN or individual identification number when you log into the GoBusiness Licensing Portal. Please select the relevant licence and submit all licence amendment, renewal and cancellation requests through the GoBusiness Licensing Portal. 

As an email notification will be sent to the contact email address when the application is processed or approved, please ensure that the contact email address is up-to-date. The contact email address can be changed in the Settings tab on the GoBusiness Licensing Portal. Additionally, licensees may choose to add up to 2 (for individuals) and 5 (for organisations) secondary contacts who will also receive emails sent to the primary contact. To manage contact information, please contact NEA_RPNSD_Licence@nea.gov.sg.

Amendment


Type of AmendmentHow to request for amendment Fee
 Addition or removal of apparatus to L1 and N1 licence










Submit application to amend licence on GoBusiness











Amendment fee of $25 per licence

 Addition of new or removal of existing radioactive material to existing L2 or L4 licence8
 

Amendment of apparatus / radioactive material details (e.g. storage location) in existing licence (L1, L2, L3, L4, N1, N2)

 

Addition or removal of L1 / L2 / L3 / L4 / N2 licence to existing L5 / L6 / N3 licence

 

Addition of new apparatus to N2 licence9

Submit application to amend licence on GoBusinessAmendment fee of $155 per irradiating apparatus
 

Change in company name or registered address (without change in UEN)

Submit application to amend licence on GoBusinessAmendment fee of $155 per irradiating apparatus
 

Change in mailing / billing address or point of contact(s) (e.g. name, contact number and e-mail address)

 

Please send your request to NEA_RPNSD_Licence@nea.gov.sg.

No charge 

Note: A unique L3 licence is required for each ionising irradiating apparatus.  Hence, for addition of ionising irradiating apparatus, licensees will have to submit a new L3 application. In the case of replacement, licensees will also have to cancel the licence of the old apparatus.

8Relevant supporting documents are required. Please see Information on New Licence Application (above) and Cancellation of licences (below) for information on supporting documents required for addition and removal, respectively. 

9For addition of new apparatus to N2 licence, if there is no need to amend details of existing apparatus in the licence, please do not fill up section 4 “Amendment Description (Please include purpose / reason)” or there will be an additional $25 charged for the amendment fee. 

 

Renewal

Renewal applications can be submitted on the GoBusiness Licensing Portal starting 90 days from the licence expiry date. All licence renewal applications should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiry of the existing licences. If you are unable to find your licence under your account, unable to select it for renewal, or if your licence is no longer active on GoBusiness, please contact NEA_RPNSD_Licence@nea.gov.sg for assistance. Note: Applicants will not be able to make any amendments to the existing licence as part of the renewal application.

Individuals engaging in non-destructive testing (NDT) radiation work (also known as industrial radiography) using Cobalt-60, Iridium-192 or Selenium-75 are required to undergo a medical examination and submit a new medical certificate (including full blood examination) when applying for a renewal. The medical form may be found on the NEA ePortal: Miscellaneous Forms.


For L5, L6, N3 and R1 licences/registration applied under and issued to corporate entities (UEN):

  • From 1 July 2018, user licence and radiation worker registration applied through corporate entities (UEN) will no longer be eligible for renewal. Individuals still carrying out radiation work should re-apply for new L5, L6, N3 or R1 through the GoBusiness Licensing Portal using their SingPass or Login ID (whichever is applicable). These applicants should indicate their existing licence number or registration in the application and may attach a copy of their existing licence or registration in place of the medical certificate under supporting documents.
  • Employers should note that personal dose monitoring (TLD service) for L5 and L6 licensees, and R1 registrants will no longer be automatically issued upon licence / registration approval. Employers will need to apply separately for the service, which will continue to be provided by RPNSD at no added cost.

 

Cancellation


For L1, L3, N1 and N2 licences to manufacture, deal in or possess irradiating apparatus (for sale or for use), licensees must cancel their licences after disposal of the apparatus. For apparatus that may have activated components (e.g. Linear Accelerators (LINAC), cyclotrons, synchrotron, etc.) and apparatus containing radioactive material, licensees must obtain authorisation for disposal of the apparatus before carrying out the disposal.

For L2 and L4 licences to possess radioactive materials (for sale or for use), licensees must obtain authorisation for disposal of the material before carrying out the disposal.

Applicants will be required to provide supporting documents such as export / repatriation / disposal / decommissioning / transfer documentation, depending on the type of irradiating apparatus / radioactive source they possess. The serial number of the irradiating apparatus / radioactive source should be clearly stated in the document(s). RPNSD officers may contact your organisation to arrange an inspection for verification.



Licence Application Fee Payment Method

Only the following payment modes will be accepted for licence applications submitted through the GoBusiness Licensing Portal. Please note that cheque payment is no longer accepted. Fees paid or submitted are non-refundable.

Payment Mode

Remarks

e-Payment

NETS, PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover

 

Giro Payment10

This is applicable for billing to customers with existing GIRO arrangement with RPNSD.

Applicants should indicate the GIRO reference number in the application form. The GIRO reference number can be found in the letter confirming the set-up of the GIRO account or on previously issued GIRO invoices. The applicant may provide the UEN number instead if the application is submitted using a CorpPass account tied to the same UEN that the GIRO account is tied to.

Government e-invoicing

This is applicable only for government organisations using the e-invoicing system.

For government organisations not using the e-invoicing system (e.g. MINDEF) or for billing of L5, L6, N3 and R1 applications to a government organisation, please contact NEA_RPNSD_Licence@nea.gov.sg if you require information on how to enter payment details.

10To set up a GIRO account, please complete and submit the GIRO application form found on the NEA ePortal: Miscellaneous Forms. Please note that it takes approximately 6 weeks to set up a GIRO account.


Processing of applications

Duly completed licence application forms that are submitted with complete information and payment will typically be processed within 4 weeks upon receipt of the submission. An email notification will be sent to the contact email address when the application is processed or approved. Issued licences will be sent via email in PDF form. Licence applications that require pre-licensing inspections and / or licence applicants who are instructed to sit for a qualifying test may require a longer period of time of about 4 to 8 weeks or more.

Overview of licence application process:

overview of licence applications

11To facilitate the arrangement of the pre-licensing inspection, please indicate the following information in your licence application for L3 / L4 licence:

Licence type

Information to be included in licence application

L3

  • Indicate the approximate date of commissioning of the equipment on the licence application form.

Note: You may apply for the L3 licence once the sales / purchase is confirmed. The pre-licensing inspection can only be conducted after installation and the apparatus should not be energised before the inspection unless authorisation is given.

L4

  • Indicate the approximate date of commissioning of the radioactive material.

Note: An authorisation letter will be issued to the applicant to temporarily possess the radioactive material to facilitate the conduct of the pre-licensing inspection.


12Failure to pass the Qualifying Test on two consecutive attempts will result in the application being rejected.

13RPNSD officers will conduct pre-licensing inspections to ensure regulatory compliance prior to the issuance of the licence. If any non-compliance is found during the inspection, applicants will generally be given reasonable time to make corrections. Continued failure or inability to meet regulatory requirements will result in the application being rejected.  

Business activities / dealings or work with irradiating apparatus and radioactive materials should only commence after the appropriate licence(s) are obtained. Please note that it is an offence to manufacture, possess for sale, deal in, possess for use, handle or transport any controlled apparatus / radioactive materials  without first obtaining the relevant licence(s).

All licence applications submitted are subjected to approval from NEA. NEA may at its discretion reject any application that is inadequate, lacking or unsubstantiated.