Radiological protection is a term applied to the protection of workers, patients, the public and the environment from the harmful effects of exposure to ionising radiation, and the means for achieving this.
The goal of the NEA in this area is to assist member countries in the regulation, implementation and further development of the system of radiological protection by identifying and addressing conceptual, scientific, policy, regulatory, operational and societal issues, and clarifying their implications.
The NEA's work on radiological protection is through the Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH), in existence since 1957. Its members are made up of senior radiological protection scientists and engineers from national radiological protection authorities and their technical service organisations.
The CRPPH is a forum for the exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge and experience, for the identification of emerging issues and resolution approaches, and for contributing to the evolution of the international system of radiological protection.