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15/10/2012

Radiation protection: New international radiological protection standards in the fields of medicine and the environment

IRSN, which chairs the Radiological Protection technical committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), held a meeting in Paris in June 2012 attended by more than 100 radiological protection experts from 16 countries, with a view to making progress on several new draft standards, especially in the field of medicine.

Around thirty new draft standards were discussed. One of them aims to define reference radiation fields and calibration procedures for measurement techniques for facilities that generate very short-lived radiation known as “pulsed fields”, which are increasingly used in research and in the medical field.

The launch of several other draft standards related to medical applications demonstrates ISO’s commitment to progress in this field, in which few standards existed before. In addition, the need to define standard measurement procedures for different consumer goods and materials contaminated in the aftermath of a radiological accident – a major issue for an accident such as that at the Fukushima Daiichi plant – has guided the drafting of new standards. The ISO Radiological Protection technical committee will meet next in Vienna in the spring of 2013.

More information:

Website of the ISO Radiological Protection technical committee

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