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Applying for or maintaining a safety licence related to the use of radiation

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

You must apply for a safety licence to use radiation. The use of radiation includes any activities related to radiation sources, such as the manufacture, trade, possession, maintenance, repair, import and export of radiation sources. Radiation sources include X-ray equipment and radioactive substances or devices containing them.

Do the following

You can apply for the licence with forms from the STUK website. The forms are separate for the use of radiation in healthcare and other uses of radiation (industry, research, trade, product and safety inspections, measurement and other services).

To whom and on what terms

A safety licence applicant can be a person carrying on a business or a profession, a company, a community, a foundation or an institution that has activities related to radiation sources.

A fee is charged for the service.

The safety licence is subject to a fee in accordance with the Decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on the fees charged for the performances by the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (1259/2018). An annual fee per operation or device is charged for valid permits. The complete or partial termination of a safety licence is free of charge.


STUK must be notified within two weeks of: • purchasing a radiation source • decommissioning a radiation source • a change of the radiation safety officer • a significant change in the organisation using radiation • the partial or total cessation of use of radiation. You must also notify STUK of any other changes. Such include changes in the location of use, changes in the licence holder or name, and changes in contact details.

Period of validity

A safety licence is usually valid until further notice. It can also be granted for a fixed period if the applicant knows that the use of radiation will cease after a specific time.

Basic information

The service is provided byRadiation and Nuclear Safety Authority
Responsible for the serviceRadiation and Nuclear Safety Authority
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish
Text edited by: Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority
Updated: 12/10/2020