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Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA)
A Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA) is a title used in the UK and is given to those who are competent to advise radiation employers on the safe and compliant use of Ionising Radiations . The post is a legally recognised position and is a requirement of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999. The RPA needs to be appointed by the radiation employer in writing, where the scope of the advice required is clearly defined. The radiation employer also needs to determine if the RPA is suitable to advise on the types of sources of ionising radiation being used. The RPA is required to show the radiation employer that they are 'competent' to be a RPA, this competence being formally and legally recognised (e.g. by RPA2000).