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Kenya - Obtain Radiation Device Or Radioactive Material Import/ Export/ Transport Licence

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  1. To obtain a radiation device or radioactive material import/ export/ transport license, the applicant has to contact the Radiation Protection Board offices.
  2. The applicant has to make sure he or she has all the required documents that are required for this process to be successful and they can be found under the "Required Documents" section of this page.
  3. Payment of appropriate fees should be made and that can be found under the "Fees" section of this page or in the Radiation Protection (Safety) Regulations.
  4. On completion of this process, the Board will issue the applicant a license within one month.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • License of the radiation facility
  • Proposed transport contingency plans
  • Certificate from the manufacturer
  • Technical specifications of irradiating device(s) or radioactive material(s)
  • Proof of cost
  • Architectural drawings of the storage facility
  • Business Registration Certificate

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Radiation Protection Board Head Office

KNH Grounds, Next to the KNH Police Post

P.O Box 19841-00202

Nairobi - Kenya

Tel: +254-20-2689253

Fax: +254-20-2689256



Radiation Protection Board Nairobi County Office

P.O. Box 19841

NAIROBI, 00202

Tel: +254-20-2689257

Fax: +254-20-2689256


Radiation Protection Board JKIA Office

P.O. Box 19841- 00202,



Radiation Protection Board Western and Nyanza Region Office

P.O. Box 849-40100

Kisumu - Kenya

Tel: (+254 057) 2020079

Fax: (+254 057) 2020078


Radiation Protection Board Eastern and North Eastern Region Office

P.O. Box 40-70100


Radiation Protection Board Eldoret Office


Radiation Protection Board Coast Region Office

P.O. Box 413-80302


Tel. (+254 057) 2230922

Fax: (+254 057) 2221211


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No person is allowed to import or cause to be imported or export or cause to be exported, any irradiating device or radioactive material except under and in accordance with a licence issued by the Radiation Protection Board.


Application Fee: Kshs 100/=

License Fee: Kshs 300/=


One month

Documents to Use[edit]

Application Form

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

1 day for nuclear medicine diagnostic kits. Others 1 month

Related Videos[edit]

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  • Contact Office: Radiation Protetion Board
  • Resolution Criteria: Recommendations of an assessment report by a Radiation Protection Officer
  • On receiving an application for a licence, the Board will, on payment of the prescribed fee, issue to the applicant the appropriate licence.
  • An applicant may appeal against refusal to grant a licence within one month of a notice given to him to that effect.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name of applicant
  • Postal Address
  • Physical Address
  • Tel.
  • Fax
  • E-mail
  • Business Registration No
  • Brief description of irradiating device(s) or radioactive material(s)
  • Cost of the device or material
  • Manufacturers certification
  • Origin/destination of the irradiating device or radioactive material
  • Point of origin and address
  • Destination and address
  • No. of packages
  • Source strength ratings (KV/mA/MeV/Bq/Ci, e.t.c.)
  • Mode of transportation and storage conditions
  • Precautionary measures during transportation
  • Describe the purpose for which the irradiating device(s) or radioactive material(s) will be used (e.g. medical, scientific, industrial, e.t.c)
  • Radiation Safety Officer in case of radioactive material or installation engineer in-charge in case of irradiating device
  • List of other Radiation Safety Officers/Engineers

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Need for the Document[edit]

In order to control trans boundary movement of irradiating devices and radioactive materials, combat illicit trafficking in radioactive/nuclear materials, the Radiation Protection Board requires that anybody who intends to import/ export/ transport radiation device or radioactive materials apply for a radiation device or radioactive material import/ export/ transport licence.

Information which might help[edit]

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

License to import/export irradiating devices or radioactive materials

Radiation Protection Act Cap 243

Radiation Protection (Safety) Regulations

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The Radiation Protection Board is a statutory body established under the Act of parliament, the Radiation Protection Act, Cap 243, Laws of Kenya as the national competent authority with the responsibility for protecting the health and safety of people and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation. It regulates the use of ionizing radiation, exportation, importation, distribution and possession of radiation sources.