CT Manufacturers Stakeholder Involvement
HERCA started its dialogue with the CT manufacturers, professional and international organisations in 2010. Today, HERCA publishes the outcomes of this dialogue in a comprehensive report.
Justification and Use of Hand-held X-Ray Equipment
Users of Hand-held X-Ray Equipment can received insufficient information about the radiation hazards induced by these devices. HERCA issues this statement for raising awareness about these risks and ensuring an appropriate use of Hand-held X-Ray Equipment.
Getting the right image for my patient
HERCA launched a European communication campaign to promote the appropriate use of medical imaging. It stages a consultation situation between referrer and patient and sets out 7 key questions the referrer should ask when referring for an imaging examination. It highlights what is in the interest of the patient, along with some simple reflections and arguments that can be readily put forward during the consultation.
HEADS OF THE EUROPEAN RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION COMPETENT AUTHORITIES
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.
The goal of HERCA is to contribute to a high level of radiological protection throughout Europe. In order to achieve this goal, the association will:
- Build and maintain a European network of chief radiation protection regulatory authorities, with the definite wish to involve ALL such regulatory authorities, throughout Europe
- Promote the exchange of ideas and experiences, avoiding unnecessary duplication of work and learning from one another’s best practices
- Develop a common approach to radiation protection and the way it is transposed into regulation
- Discuss and, where appropriate, express its consensus opinion on significant regulatory issues.
The Uniqueness of HERCA
Compared to other existing networks in radiation protection, HERCA is composed of the Heads of the Authorities, persons who either have decision capacity or can at least have a major influence on policy and decisions within their country.