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.

Since January 2012 it is chaired by Mr. Sigurdur Magnusson, Director the Icelandic Radiation Safety Authority .

Current fields of activity include:

  • Medical Applications
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Veterinary applications
  • Non-Medical Sources and Practices
  • Outside Workers & Radiation Passbook
  • Radon
  • Education and Training
  • NORM and building materials
  • Transposition of Euratom BSS

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

Chairperson

Sigurdur Magnusson, Director of the Icelandic Radiation Safety Authority, since January 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)