(Updated: October 2000)
The general objective of the NEA in the field of radiation protection is to contribute to the adoption and the maintenance of high standards of protection for workers and members of the public in all practices involving the use of ionising radiations, and particularly in the field of nuclear energy.
In this context, the mandate of the Committee on Radiation Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) shall be:
1. To provide a forum for the exchange of information and the transfer of experience between national radiation protection and public health authorities on radiation protection policies and approaches and their implementation in the various practices and situations involving radiation exposures;
2. To seek international understanding and guidance, in support of national authorities, on questions of common concern regarding the interpretation and implementation of the ICRP recommendations and other international standards in the various fields of application of radiation protection, and to contribute to the development of harmonised positions in this field;
3. To keep under review and contribute to the advancement of the state-of-the-art in the field of radiation protection at the scientific and technical level and promote the preparation of authoritative advice and reference documents for use by national authorities and policy makers in those areas where international consensus on radiation protection concepts and practices is required; and
4. To advance concepts and policies which make the system of radiation protection more simple, transparent and adaptable to the broader social dimensions of decision making in complex radiological situations.
5. To promote and initiate international co-operative activities on specific radiation protection and radiation-related public health topics of interest to the NEA's Member countries in the framework of the NEA's Strategic Plan.
In the fulfilment of its mandate, the CRPPH will work in close co-operation with other NEA Committees as appropriate, as well as with the competent bodies within relevant OECD Directorates and other international organisations active in the field.