Radiation Protection Education and Training (E&T) has been of outmost interest for HERCA from the beginning of the Association in 2007. Nevertheless, it was recognised that the topic at that time was already covered by the ongoing European Commission (EC) sponsored programmes. HERCA therefore agreed not to duplicate the work. The interest of HERCA in E&T activities, in particular in the activities of ENETRAP following previous contacts from this consortium, has been confirmed in subsequent meetings.

Several steps have been made by HERCA in this area. A Task Force on E&T in radiation protection (TF E&T-RP) was set up in November 2012. The ultimate mandate of the TF was to present a general picture of the situation on E&T in RP to the Board of HERCA and to identify the current need for harmonisation among HERCA member countries and eventually, if needed, the mandate of a future working group on E&T. The findings, conclusions and recommendations by the TF E&T were approved in November 2013.

The TF E&T has paid special attention to not duplicate the work already done by others; rather the TF E&T RP has taken advantage of it. In this sense, the TF has looked in detail at the activities and outcomes of the work already carried out by ENETRAP & EUTERP and has built on it. The TF has prioritized the work on radiation protection expert (RPE) and radiation protection office (RPO) focusing on the implementation of requirements in the Euratom Basic Safety Standards (BSS)

In 2015, the TF has organised a workshop on the implementation of RPE and RPO on 6-8 July in Montrouge (Paris, France).

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • To explore a common understanding of the new requirements on RPE/RPO
  • To exchange national approaches relating to the implementation of the BSS on RPE/RPO. Whenever possible, to identify good practices with national implementation of RPE/RPO
  • To develop recommendations, to be approved by HERCA, to facilitate implementation of BSS on RPE and RPO. To be sent to national authorities.
  • To comment on the draft guidance from ENETRAP III
  • To develop a joint vision on future ambitions of HERCA on RPE/RPO : duties, harmonisation (registration, other)

This workshop has allowed to propose some common understanding on specific issues of the BSS requirements and specific recommendations for those cases where flexibility is allowed for transposition. In particular it has allowed to identify that radiation protection authorities share in general terms a common understanding of the relevant requirements on RPE/RPO in the new Euratom BSS.

Having a common understanding on the new requirements for RPE/RPO should facilitate the implementation of BSS on RPE and RPO at national level and the way towards a better harmonisation on this issue.

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Workshop on RPE & RPO