Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin
December 2005

Radiological protection news

Expert Group on the CRPPH Collective Opinion (EGCO)

As part of its mandate, the NEA Expert Group on the CRPPH Collective Opinion (EGCO) is exploring the challenges associated with managing and assessing radiological protection risks. The group held its final meeting on 7-9 November 2005. The resulting text will explore the effects that stakeholder participation in radiological protection decision making will have on radiological protection policy, regulation and application. The text will focus in particular on:

This work will be presented to the NEA Committee on Radiation Protection and Public Health in March 2006 for review and approval for publication. More information is available at www.oecd-nea.org/rp/egco.html.

Expert Group on the Implications of Radiological Protection Science (EGIS)

The NEA Expert Group on the Implications of Radiological Protection Science (EGIS) met on 7-9 November 2005. The group is assessing ongoing radiobiological and epidemiological studies so that "what if" scenarios can then be explored with respect to their possible impacts on radiological protection policy, regulation and application. Although far from reaching consensus on many issues, advances in radiological protection science may lead to the identification of a practical threshold in certain specific exposure situations, or to different dose/response curves for different, specific exposure situations (e.g. internal/external, high-LET/low-LET radiation, chronic/acute exposures). The group’s main conclusions will be presented to the CRPPH in March 2006 and its report is expected to be finalised by the summer of 2006. More information is available at www.oecd-nea.org/rp/egis.html.

 

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