The international System of Radiological Protection, as stated in the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) Publication 103, The 2007 Recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, is robust and has performed well. It must, however, continuously evolve to address scientific progress and the evolution of societal concerns and public awareness around the world.
The NEA Expert Group on International Recommendations (EGIR) was re-established recently to contribute to the ICRP’s periodic strategic review of the System of Radiological Protection. The fundamental recommendations outlined in Publication 103 are a key tool in regulating and managing radiation exposures of the public, patients, workers and the environment in various circumstances. For this reason, a strategic review of this kind takes place once every 15-20 years to ensure that the System of Radiological Protection stays fit for purpose.
Through the Agency’s well-established links with the ICRP, NEA member countries have the opportunity to reflect in depth on the current System of Radiological Protection and to assess areas that may require further attention in light of the lessons learnt since 2007, advances in science and knowledge, national experiences and remaining challenges identified in regulation, implementation and practice. The findings from members will be collated by the EGIR in consultation with the NEA Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH).
The EGIR met for the first time on 8 October 2021 to set out the proposed work plan and discuss initial findings for the review. These included the need to take a more holistic approach to the process of optimisation, as well as the need for further clarity on how the fundamental principles are applied across different exposure situations.