Individual monitoring of external radiation is an activity usually regulated by national regulatory bodies in most countries. Regulations generally contain technical requirements to be met by the individual monitoring services (IMS), in order to ensure that the measurements are correct and therefore the dosimetry results are reliable. In some countries, the requirements include or even consist of the accreditation of the service according to the standard ISO/IEC 17025: “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories”. It is a fact that accreditation is a growing trend among European IMS as a way to guarantee confidence in their technical competence. The acceptance of the dosimetry results between countries and their indentation in the respective National Dose Registries is facilitated if laboratories conform to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard.
In the framework of the activities of EURADOS (European Radiation Dosimetry Group) working group 2 "Harmonization of Individual Monitoring in Europe" and attending to the concern of many European IMS in the process of accreditation, a guide has been prepared. The purpose was to assist and encourage IMS to apply for accreditation and to share the authors’ own experience with the process.
- Introduction of EURADOS WG2 (Marie-Anne Chevallier, IRSN)
- ISO/IEC Guidance for Individual Monitoring Services: overview of the EURADOS Report 2020-02 (Biljana Petrovic, PHIRS)
- QC Example: Dummy Customer (Francesco Rossi, AOU Careggi University Hospital)
- Accreditation experience (Ana M. Romero, CIEMAT)