Expert Group on the Implications of Recommendations (EGIR)

Since the 1990 issuance by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) of its Publication 60, the system of radiological protection that it describes has been implemented through national legislation and international standards. Through this implementation, many areas have been identified where the system of radiological protection could evolve to better serve the needs of radiation protection regulators, practitioners and other interested parties. The ICRP is currently drafting new general recommendations, as well as specific recommendations for the radiological protection on the environment. The NEA has been providing its views on how the system of radiological protection should evolve, to better address these needs. The NEA has also contributed through a forum, organised in collaboration with the ICRP, on the radiological protection of the environment.

Following the NEA/ICRP Forum in February 2002, it was widely agreed that the radiological protection of the environment should be addressed in co-ordination with the radiological protection of humans. To this end, continuing along the lines of the EGRP work, the NEA is investigating the possible implications that would arise should these ICRP draft recommendations be implemented. The objective of this work is to inform policy makers of the regulatory and applicational implications that would result, when the ICRP recommendations for a system of radiological protection are published. This will help ensure that the final ICRP recommendations in this area will best serve the needs of national and international radiation protection policy makers, regulators and implementers. This group is formed jointly with the NEA's Radioactive Waste Management Committee (RWMC) so that a wide variety of views can be gathered and submitted to the ICRP for its consideration.

The EGIR has performed a thorough analysis of the draft ICRP recommendations, providing general and detailed comments on the wording, with the objective of providing constructive criticism to the ICRP. Each comment or proposed wording change has been accompanied by a rationale for the change.

The EGIR also arranged three NEA/ICRP workshops in Japan, the USA and the Czech Republic during 2006 to hold stakeholder discussions of the draft ICRP recommendations.

Because of its positive experience with this process of document review, the CRPPH agreed at its 2009 meeting that the EGIR process is a powerful and useful assessment tool that could, in principle, be used to assess draft documents from many different organizations, providing, of course, that the CRPPH was interested in a particular document in development, and the drafting organisation was willing to provide draft material for assessment.  As such, the CRPPH agreed that the EGIR should be thought of as a process “in standby”, to be implemented on an ad-hoc basis to assess specific draft documents identified by the CRPPH. Each such assessment will involve a new call for nominations to assure the participation of appropriate subject-matter experts.

Publications and reports
Recent activities of the EGIR:

            1. General comments   2. Specific comments  

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference of this Group are as follows:

  • The CRPPH will identify the document it wishes to assess, and will ask the authoring organisation for permission to do so. Should the Authoring organisation agree, they will supply the draft document to the CRPPH for assessment.
  • The CRPPH Secretariat will inform the CRPPH, and other relevant NEA Standing Technical Committees, as appropriate, that an EGIR review of a specified draft document will take place, and will invite members to nominate experts to this assessment process. Each EGIR draft document assessment process will require a new call for nominations.
  • The draft document assessment will develop both general comments on the document’s content, and specific comments on the document’s text. Proposed text changes, insertions or deletions will each be accompanied by an explanatory comment, providing the rational for the suggested modification.
  • The assessment resulting from the meeting will be supplied to the authoring organisation, to the participants in the EGIR meeting, to the CRPPH members and to all relevant NEA Standing Technical Committees for information.
  • The authoring organisation will be invited to nominate an observer in the EGIR meeting, principally to directly hear comments, but also to provide clarification of draft text as needed.
  • The CRPPH may decide that other relevant organisations should also be invited to nominate observers to the EGIR meeting, for example international organisations (e.g. WHO, ILO, EC, etc.), industry groups (e.g. WNA, NEI, etc.), or other relevant stakeholder organisations.

External links

International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) 

ICRP Draft Report Environmental Protection: The Concept and Use of Reference Animals and Plants