At the same time as national interest in radiological protection science seems to be growing, particularly in areas such as the effects of low-dose and chronic exposures, national scientific infrastructures necessary to address such questions seem to be shrinking. Preliminary discussion of the new CRPPH Collective Opinion identified that developments in these and other radiological protection science studies could potentially have key mid- and long-term influences on radiological protection policy, regulation and application. In order to most effectively utilise national and international resources, the committee agreed to establish an expert group, under the direction of the EGCO, to focus on science at the service of mid- and long-term policy needs.
The CRPPH agreed that EGIS should survey currently ongoing projects in radiological protection science, and discuss the possible implications that their results could provoke. This should focus on projects expected to yield results in the short-term, the coming three to ten years. Based on this survey, the group should attempt to identify scientific questions that need to be answered in order to support the making or evolution of policy decisions. This should focus on longer-term projects, more in the ten to thirty year time frame. The 1998 publication Developments in Radiation Health Science and their Impact on Radiation Protection was used as a starting point. In finalising its final report in 2007, the EGIS completed its mandate and disbanded.
Scientific Issues and Emerging Challenges for Radiological Protection
Report of the Expert Group on the Implications of Radiological Protection Science
First Workshop on Science and Values in Radiological Protection
Helsinki, Finland, 15-17 January 2008
The CRPPH assists NEA member countries in the implementation and enhancement of the system of radiological protection. It contributes to the adoption and the maintenance of high standards of protection for the public, workers and the environment in all activities involving the use of ionising radiations, and particularly, but not limited to the field of nuclear energy.
The ICRP will issue new recommendations in 2006. In this context the CRPPH has decided to identify topics and areas that in the mid- to long-term future will (or could) have significant influence on radiological protection policy, regulation and application. To this end the Expert Group on the CRPPH Collective Opinion (EGCO) sought to build on the issues raised during the topical session held during the meeting of the CRPPH in March 2004. These discussions took in radiological protection, science, policy, regulation and implementation. In addition, in collaboration with the EGIR, the expert group assessed any possible impacts that new ICRP recommendations could have on these areas.The EGCO finished its report in 2007, thereby completing its mandate.