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Radiation Protection Organisations and Authorities

International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA)

IRPA is the international voice of the radiation protection profession. It is an association of radiation protection professionals joining through national and regional radiation protection societies. We promote the worldwide enhancement of professional competence, radiation protection culture, and practice by providing benchmarks of good practice, and encouraging the application of the highest standards of professional conduct, skills, and knowledge for the benefit of individuals and society.

European Associate Societies

Public Health England – Radiation and Services

Public Health England is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct organisation with operational autonomy. The institution provides government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support.

UK Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE)

COMARE advises on the health effects of natural and man-made radiation, both ionising and non-ionising.

Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear, Spain

The Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN) is the sole nuclear safety and radiation protection authority in Spain. The CSN is governed by public law and by its charter. It is independent from the central government, and it has its own legal personality and its own assets. It is accountable to the Congress of Deputies and the Senate.

The CSN’s mission is to protect employees, the population at large and the environment from the harmful effects of ionising radiation. It accomplish this by ensuring that nuclear and radioactive facilities are operated safely and by establishing the preventive and corrective measures to apply in all radiological emergencies, no matter what their source.

Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Denmark

DTU is recognized internationally as a leading university in the areas of the technical and the natural sciences, renowned for our business-oriented approach, our focus on sustainability, and our amazing study environment.

Swedish Radiation Protection Institute

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority reports to the Ministry of the Environment and has mandates from the Swedish Government within the areas of nuclear safety, radiation protection and nuclear non-proliferation.

Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK), Finland

The purpose of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority’s (STUK) operations is to protect people, society, the environment and future generations from the harmful effects of radiation.

Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority

Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) is the national authority and expert body in matters concerning nuclear security, radiation use, natural radiation and radioactive contamination in the environment.

Icelandic Radiation Protection Institute

US Health Physics Society

The Health Physics Society (HPS), formed in 1956, is a scientific organization of professionals who specialize in radiation safety. Its mission is to support its members in the practice of their profession and to promote excellence in the science and practice of radiation safety.

Radiation Research Society

The Radiation Research Society’s objectives are:

  1. To advance radiation research in all disciplines of science and medicine; 
  2. To foster collaboration within a community of researchers interested in the study of the properties and effects of radiation;
  3. To disseminate knowledge in radiation research to the scientific community and the public;
  4. To promote equity, diversity and inclusion in radiation research.

Bundesamt fur Strahlenschutz, Germany (The Federal Office for Radiation Protection)

BfS works for the safety and protection of man and the environment against damage due to ionising and non-ionising radiation. In the field of ionising radiation there are, e. g., X-ray diagnostics in medicine, safety in the handling of radioactive substances in nuclear technology and the protection against enhanced natural radioactivity. The work in the field of non-ionising radiation includes the protection against ultraviolet radiation and the effects of mobile communication. Of special importance are, in addition to the defence against immediate hazards, the precautions for the protection of the general public, persons employed in the working world as well as patients in the medical field.

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