Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations programme

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 (amended 2018) (IR(ME)R).

Delivered in partnership by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and Health Education England (HEE) e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH), e-IRMER is a free training resource covering the following topics:

  • Interpretation of the regulations
  • The basic physics associated with ionising radiations
  • The risks associated with ionising radiations
  • The radio-biological effects of exposure to ionising radiations
  • The production of x-rays
  • The applications of ionising radiations for diagnostic x-ray imaging
  • The application of ionising radiations in nuclear medicine
  • Practical examples of the roles of duty holders
  • The application of ionising radiations for radiotherapy to follow
  • Practical examples of how to reduce patients’ exposures to ionising radiations

e-IRMER is an interactive online training resource supporting the training of NHS and other healthcare professionals who work with patients undergoing ionising radiation medical exposures.

e-IRMER provides easy access to learning materials, and through formative and summative assessments, allows the learner to both develop competence and demonstrate compliance with the regulatory requirements of the IR(ME)R.

Approved by IPEM course accreditation panel on 5th December 2012 and updated in March 2019.

More information

e-IRMER is made up of the following modules that cover topics in IR(ME)R Schedule 3:

  • Fundamental Physics of Radiation
  • Radiation Protection
  • Legal Requirements
  • Diagnostic x-ray and interventional radiology
  • Nuclear Medicine

Modules covering Radiotherapy will follow soon.

Each module contains a number of e-learning sessions each approximately 20-30 minutes in duration that are designed to:

  • Be engaging
  • Validate prior knowledge
  • Deliver only relevant content that the learner is expected to remember

Each e-learning session contains interactive content which delivers the educational objectives using a variety of techniques, including animations and video.

Project executive

  • Kathryn Surtees

    Kathryn Surtees

    Project Champion, IPEM
  • Mark Knight

    Mark Knight

    Clinical Lead, IPEM
  • Patricia Howe

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH-staff-Neha-Baj-learning-profile

    Neha Baj

    Content Development Lead, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

Project team

  • Patricia Howe

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Claire Beattie

    Claire Beattie

    Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH-staff-Angelina-Montinaro-learning-profile

    Angelina Montinaro

    Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

Editorial team

  • Mark Knight

    Mark Knight

    Lead Editor and Head of Radiation Physics at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • John Dickson

    Module Editor and Principal Medical Physicist, Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University College London Hospital
  • Paul Charnock

    Module Editor and Radiation Protection Adviser, IRS Limited
  • John Byrne

    John Byrne

    Module Editor and Consultant Clinical Scientist and Deputy Head of Radiotherapy Physics, Northern Centre for Cancer Care
  • Phil Orr

    Module Editor and Clinical Scientist. Belfast Health & Social Care Trust


e-IRMER acknowledges the following individuals for their enormous contribution to the HEE e-Learning for Healthcare e-IRMER e-learning programme.

  • Steven Evans
  • Julia Moore OBE
  • Alan Ryan
  • Chris Gibson



  • Tony Denman
  • Karen Goldstone
  • Peter Childs
  • Dudley Ibbett
  • Habib Zadir

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Ionising Radiation to Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (e-IRMER) programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the e-IRMER programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose.

For more information on the licensing options available for the e-IRMER programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The e-IRMER programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies