HERCA is a voluntary association in which the Heads of Radiation Protection Authorities work together in order to identify common issues and propose practical solutions for these issues. HERCA is working on topics generally covered by provisions of the EURATOM Treaty. The programme of work of HERCA is based on common interest in significant regulatory issues.

HERCA brings together 56 radiation protection Authorities from 32 European countries.

Current fields of activity include:

  • Medical Applications
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Veterinary applications
  • Research and Industrial Sources and Practices
  • Education and Training
  • Radon, NORM and Building Materials

HERCA was created in 2007 at the initiative of the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN).


Sigurdur Magnusson, Director of the Icelandic Radiation Safety Authority, since early 2012.

Previous chairpersons

Ole Harbitz, Director General of the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, 2008-2011

Andre-Claude Lacoste, President of the French Nuclear Safety Authority, 2007-2008

HERCA Presentation (June 2016)