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Is the System of Protection "fit for purpose" and can it be readily communicated?

IRPA Congress Cape Town

Eröffnung des Kongresses

Die IRPA-Präsidentin Renate Czarwinski eröffnet den Kongress. Grußworte sprachen der Kongresspräsident Thiagan Pather, der Vorsitzende der Southern African Radiation Protection Association, der Vorsitzende der South African Radiation Protection Society und der Generaldirektor der IAEA. Anschließend referierte der amerikanische Wissenschaftler John Boice über "The role of radiation epidemology" und erhielt den diesjährigen Rolf-Sievert-Preis.

Weitere Kongress-Eindrücke

Highlights vor allem aus FS-Sicht waren:

- Die erfolgreiche Bewältigung des Kongresses durch die IRPA-Präsidentin Renate Czarwinski

- 50 Years Celebration mit Vorträgen von Prof. Christian Streffer und Rupprecht Maushart, letzterer als Gründungsmitglied der IRPA

- Die Präsentation des Vortrages der Gewinnerin des Rupprecht-Maushart-Preises Anja Pregler

- Die erfolgreiche Wahl unseres Geschäftsführers Klaus Henrichs als Mitglied des IRPA-Exekutivrates

Fragen der IRPA zur Verbesserung des Strahlenschutzes

In einem Brief stellten Renate Czarwinski und Roger Coates (die damalige IRPA-Präsidentin und der heutige IRPA-Präsident) im September 2015 Fragen der IRPA an die Verbände zur Verbesserung der Darstellung des Strahlenschutzsystems, so dass es besser kommuniziert und verstanden werden kann, wobei es natürlich weiterhin seinen Zweck erfüllen muss sowie ethisch-basiert und umfassend sein soll. Die Fragen lauten im englischen Originaltext:

  1. How should we present the uncertainty in risk estimates at low doses?
  2. Should we give a more prominent context to natural background exposure?
  3. Whilst accepting the principle of dose limitation, should we have more flexibility in how this is emphasized and presented? lf so, how?
  4. Should we make ALARA even more central in our control hierarchy? lf so, how do we ensure proportionality of effort?
  5. Should we make more effort to present radiation risk in the wider context of public health? Which ways would you propose?

Eine Arbeitsgruppe des Fachverbandes, bestehend aus Dr. Bernd Lorenz, Prof. Rolf Michel und Prof. Hans-Ruedi Völkle, hat die Fragen beantwortet. In einem offiziellen Schreiben wurden die Antworten der IRPA übergeben.

ICRP Ethical Foundations of the System of Radiological Protection

Special consultation on the ICRP draft report Ethical Foundations

Letter to IRPA Associate Societies:

The system of radiological protection is based on three pillars:

  • scientific knowledge that helps us understand how radiation effects people and the environment,
  • ethical values that guide decisions about protection, and
  • experience that teaches us what is practical in implementation.

Over the past three years the Commission has dedicated a significant effort to drawing out the ethical values underpinning the system of radiological protection. This is not the first time that this fundamental pillar has been examined, but it is the first concerted effort to develop an ICRP publication dedicated to it.

Engagement of the radiological protection community in the development of ICRP publications is essential to ensure the best possible system of protection for people and the environment. Normally this means involving a group of experts in the drafting, discussing progress and getting feedback in various forums, seeking comments through a process of open public consultation, and several steps of peer review prior to publication.

The nature of this publication demanded even more. We have engaged not only experts in radiological protection, but also experts in ethics, and individuals who are facing the everyday ethical dilemmas associated with revitalization of communities after the Fukushima Daiichi accident. This was accomplished through a series of six workshops organized in collaboration with ICRP. Four of the six workshops in the core series were organized by IRPA Associate Societies and the other two were hosted by prominent academic institutions: Harvard University in the USA, and Fukushima Medical University in Japan. ICRP also participated in several other similar events in which issues relating to the ethics of radiological protection were discussed.

In addition, we are now organizing an exceptional early consultation on this advanced draft. This targeted consultation seeks comments from the radiological protection community through IRPA, and the individuals involved in the workshops that have driven the development of this publication.

Please send your comments on this draft to ethics@icrp.org by June 30, 2016. Your contribution will guide the preparation of a next draft that will undergo our usual public consultation.

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Orlando will host the 16th IRPA Congress in 2024

The following cities stand as candidates for IRPA 16:

  • Adelaide, Australia (Australasian Radiation Protection Society)
  • Orlando, United States (Health Physics Society, Canadian Radiation Protection Association, Sociedad Mexicana de Seguridad Radiológica)
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Sociedade Brasileira de Protecao Radiologica)

And the winner was: Orlando!

International Workshop on RP Culture in Waste Management