Treatments using non-ionising radiation and sound

Some treatments – involving, for example, the use of laser beams or light – may pose risks to human tissue. Since 1 June 2019, treatments using radiation and sound have therefore been regulated by a Federal Act and an associated Ordinance.

Certain treatments using products that generate non-ionising radiation, such as laser beams or light, place substantial burdens on the irradiated tissue. If such treatments are not carried out properly, the  skin, eyes and other tissue may be exposed to significant risks. To keep the risks to a minimum, appropriate measures – as explained below – are specified in the Federal Act on Protection against the Risks associated with Non-Ionising Radiation and with Sound (NIRSA). The measures are defined in more detail in the associated Ordinance (O-NIRSA). The Act and the Ordinance came into force on 1 June 2019.

General information on the certificates of competence

Für welche Behandlungen braucht es einen What treatments require a certificate of competence? What certificates of competence are there?

Structure and content of training and exam for a certificate of competence

What do the training and exam involve? What prerequisites are there?

Information for persons who wish to acquire a certificate of competence

From which examining bodies can a certificate of competence be obtained?
What should be kept in mind?

List of persons with a certificate of competence

Where can I find persons who have already obtained a certificate of competence?

Information for prospective examining bodies

How do I become an examining body for a certificate of competence?

Last modification 15.02.2023

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Division of Radiological Protection
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