Radiation Protection

Nuclear Energy Agency

1990-0600 (online)
1990-0619 (print)
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A series of publications from the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency on various aspects of radiation protection. In some cases they are conference proceedings and in other analytical reports. They provide information on the regulation and implementation of the system of radiological protection.

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The Way Forward in Radiological Protection

The Way Forward in Radiological Protection

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17 Mar 2003
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Virtually all national and international radiation protection regulations and standards are based on the recommendations published by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). New recommendations, to replace those issued in 1990, are in the process of being developed for issuance in 2005, and it is in the interest of all NEA Member countries to ensure that these recommendations meet the needs of national regulatory organisations and practitioners. Since revisions began at the ICRP in 1999, the NEA Committee on Radiation Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) has been leading discussions regarding what, in the old recommendations, could be improved or changed to make any new recommendations more functional. Based on a preliminary two-year study to identify those areas that should be improved, this report suggests specific improvements that would render the new system easier to understand and apply, and that should be considered for inclusion in the new ICRP recommendations.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Motivation for Change
2. Scope and Structure of the System of Radiological Protection
3. Priority Areas for Discussion
Numerical guidance: dose limits and intervention levels
The concepts of regulatory control, exemption and triviality
Justification and optimisation
Decision making versus decision aiding
4. Conclusions
Annex 1: Members of the Expert Group
Annex 2: Authors of this Report

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