IRSN is a founding member or a partner, through its contributing experts and its financial support, in the following organisations and networks :
European Radiation Dosimetry Group – EURADOS Network
The European Radiation Dosimetry Group is a network of 60 institutions and 500 scientists from the European Union, Switzerland, Eastern and Central Europe Union. It serves the promotion of research and development and European cooperation in the field of the dosimetry of ionizing radiation: radiation protection, radiobiology, diagnostic and therapeutic radiology. It undertakes network activities stimulating collaboration between European laboratories.
Its activities encompass :
- Coordination of working groups which promote technical development and implementation in routine, and which contribute to compatibility within Europe and conformance with international practices;
- Organisation of scientific meetings and training activities;
- Organisation of intercomparisons and benchmark studies.
The general aim of EURADOS is to maintain and consolidate a permanent network of experts, reference laboratories and research laboratories across Europe, in the fields of radiation protection, radiobiology, diagnostic and therapeutic radiology. EURADOS carries out projects identified within the group itself or at the request of external bodies, aimed at :
- Advancing the scientific understanding of ionising radiation dosimetry;
- Promoting the technical development of dosimetric methods and instruments, and their implementation in routine dosimetry;
- Assisting partners and stakeholders in achieving compatibility between dosimetric procedures used within Europe and, in general, conformity with international practice
Visit the EURADOS website : http://www.eurados.org
International Commission on Radiological Protection - ICRP
The work of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) helps to prevent cancer and other diseases and effects associated with exposure to ionising radiation, and to protect the environment. Since 1928, ICRP has developed, maintained, and elaborated the International System of Radiological Protection used world-wide as the common basis for radiological protection standards, legislation, guidelines, programmes, and practice.
ICRP has published more than one hundred reports on all aspects of radiological protection. Most address a particular area within radiological protection, but a handful of publications, the so-called fundamental recommendations, each describe the overall system of radiological protection. The International System of Radiological Protection has been developed by ICRP based on (i) the current understanding of the science of radiation exposures and effects and (ii) value judgements. These value judgements take into account societal expectations, ethics, and experience gained in application of the system.
ICRP is an independent, international organisation with more than two hundred volunteer members from approximately thirty countries across six continents. These members represent the leading scientists and policy makers in the field of radiological protection. ICRP is funded through a number of ongoing contributions from organisations with an interest in radiological protection.
Visit the ICRP website : http://www.icrp.org/
UNSCEAR - United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation
The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) was established in 1955 by the UN General Assembly in response to concerns about the effects of ionizing radiation on humans and the environment. UNSCEAR's mission is to evaluate the sources and levels of exposure to ionizing radiation and better understand their health effects.
The Scientific Committee meets annually in Vienna to gather, analyze and synthesize the scientific literature on the subject. The goal is to get every four to five years, a summary report to the UN General Assembly with the different sources of natural and artificial radiation (industrial, medical and military), the resulting exposure of the public and workers (in normal situations and accidents), the state of knowledge concerning the biological effects of radiation at low and high doses…
Since its inception, UNSCEAR has issued twenty major publications. These reports are widely disseminated, and authority refer to the scientific community for everything related to ionizing radiation and use (as a scientific basis) the work of other international organizations like the IAEA and the ICRP to develop the basis of radiation protection regulations.
Visit the UNSCEAR website : http://www.unscear.org/
International Union of Radioecology - IUR
The International Union of Radioecology is an independent, non-political and non-profit scientific organisation. The first overarching role of the Union therefore is to perpetuate a "think tank" capacity on radioecology issues through the maintenance of a network of scientists and professionals from all over the world to foster communication between researchers from different fields and geographical regions through brain storming in task groups, the publication and circulation of technical papers, organization of conferences, training courses, job alerts. Thereby, the aims of IUR are both to represent the particular needs and aspirations of the international radioecology community and to support this radioecology community.
The main objectives of IUR are focused on science. They are summarized as follows:
- To ensure, stimulate and maintain high level radioecological expertise capacity throughout the world to secure the safe development of nuclear based technologies and the public awareness and acceptance. This leads to commitments in education and training of the next generation of scientists, professionals and regulators.
- To promote scientific innovation, identify research priorities and stimulate the co-construction of international programmes sharing resources and research infrastructures. This leads to committing specific Task Groups on all necessary and relevant issues.
- To perpetuate and strengthen its 30 years old network of scientists and professionals for the benefit of all members and member countries. This leads to commitments in communication and information aimed at ensuring wide common understanding, standardized methods of assessment (pollutants have no frontier), dissemination of recent scientific achievements and knowledge, equal access to the most up-to-date information.
- To liaise all the above radioecological outputs with other relevant international organisations, whether focused on science, operational radioecology, or regulation for radiation protection.
Visit the IUR website : http://www.iur-uir.org