Office for Nuclear Regulation

Quotient Sciences Limited (Alnwick) Transport – Inspection ID: 52202

Executive summary

Date(s) of inspection:

  • August 2023

Aim of inspection

The purpose of the inspection was to review compliance of the dutyholder’s arrangements for class 7 radioactive material for road and/or rail transport.

Subject(s) of inspection

  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Appropriate management system – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Contingency plans in accordance with IRR Reg 13 – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor subsection 1.8.3 ADR – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Designation of Controlled or supervised areas Reg 17 IRR17 – Rating: Not rated
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Emergency arrangements – Rating: Not rated
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Local rules Reg 18 IRR17 – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Radiation Protection Adviser Reg 14 IRR17 – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Radiation Risk Assessment Reg 8 of IRR 17 – Rating: Amber
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Security Plan – Rating: Not rated
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Sub contract arrangements – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Training – Rating: Green
  • Transport (Non-nuclear) Transport documentation – Rating: Green

Key findings, inspector’s opinions and reasons for judgement made

The inspectors identified a number of examples of the dutyholder meeting relevant good practice in reducing risk to levels that are ALARP, including , suitable IRR17 registration, notification and consent, appropriate local rules, contingency plans and a comprehensive set of procedures and arrangements covering all aspects of transport.

The inspectors identified an area of non-compliance which was the radiation risk assessment and this was discussed during the inspection.


The inspection findings were presented to Quotient Sciences Ltd at the close of the inspection.

We judged an overall inspection rating of green was appropriate for this inspection.

Quotient Sciences Ltd is required to provide to ONR either with evidence that the identified non-compliance has been resolved, or an appropriate resolution plan with timescales for completion, by the 22 September 2023. This non-compliance will be tracked to completion via a Level 4 Regulatory Issue.