The Expert Group on International Recommendations (EGIR) was re-established by the NEA Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH) in 2021 to evaluate the International Commission for Radiological Protection’s (ICRP) proposed review of the system of radiological protection as documented in Publication 103 (ICRP, 2007) and its subsequent publications. The EGIR, operating under the CRPPH, will co-ordinate the collective reflection of the NEA member countries on the process of reviewing the publication. According to the recommendation of the ICPR, the EGIR initially considers that the current system of radiological protection makes substantial contribution in providing radiation safety and protection. Therefore, the process of reviewing and revising the system should be seen as an effort to enhance it and adapt to changes under the current environment rather than a significant overhaul.
The EGIR’s initial view is that the current system of radiological protection, as recommended by the ICRP, has contributed substantially to the provision of radiation safety and protection. The process of reviewing and revising the system should be seen as an effort to enhance it and adapt to changes in the prevailing circumstances rather than a significant overhaul. This report discusses the areas of the system of radiological protection that could benefit from ongoing improvement. It includes a review of the overarching system of radiological protection, optimisation, environmental protection, radiological detriment and risk, exposure situations and several cross-cutting issues, such as ethical considerations, communications and low-dose research.