The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has a statutory responsibility for advising UK government departments, and those with responsibility for using ionising and non-ionising radiation, on the risks to human beings imposed by the use of such radiations. This applied in all areas: medical, public health, occupational and environmental. These responsibilities passed to the HPA when the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) merged into the HPA on 1 April 2005 and is now part of the HPA Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE).
Currently there are two independent advisory groups reviewing work on the effects of ionising and non-ionising radiation relevant to human health and advising on research priorities. These groups were originally set up by the Director of the NRPB.
The National Registry for Radiation Workers (NRRW) Steering Group was established to discuss the use of data, enhance communications and facilitate data transfer between the data providers to the study and the CRCE which manages the study.