Experience gaps caused by past radiological or nuclear incidents/accidents, as well as intergenerational knowledge and know-how transfer challenge the continuity of radiological protection best practices.
Concern over the availability of qualified radiological protection experts in the coming decade continues to be an issue for regulatory and industrial organisations. How radiological protection experience and knowledge can be managed is the key issue that drives the CRPPH to contribute to the construction of a radiological protection career framework jointly with relevant international organisations or associations.
More on the educational and transgenerational aspects, the International Radiological Protection School (IRPS) helps to prepare tomorrow’s radiological protection leaders by providing a deep understanding of why and how the radiological protection system has developed, the way it is applied and what that means.
The CRPPH assists NEA member countries in the implementation and enhancement of the system of radiological protection. It contributes to the adoption and the maintenance of high standards of protection for the public, workers and the environment in all activities involving the use of ionising radiations, and particularly, but not limited to the field of nuclear energy.
The CRPPH has long served as a forum for exchange and co-operation, to establish best practices, contribute to the development of the key recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and issue innumerable technical and policy documents that capture the state of the art of RP thinking at specific points in time. The NEA decided to develop a learning programme in order to pass on a deep understanding of the spirit of the RP system, along with how it is intended to be applied in diverse and newly emerging circumstances, and how it is evolving on the basis of lessons from experiences. The International Radiological Protection School (IRPS) has been implemented in 2018 and 2019 through a co-operation between the NEA, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) and the Centre for Radiation Protection Research (CRPR) of Stockholm University. Thanks to the highly appreciated support from the SSM and from Stockholm University, arrangements are in progress to organize the next edition of the IRPS at the same venue, during summer 2021.