HERCA/Radiation dose surveillance across borders within Europe


Published 09.11.2010, updated 01.10.2014 14:23

HERCA logoHERCA  (the Heads of European Radiological protection Competent Authorities) approves the content for a harmonized radiation dose surveillance across borders within Europe. The European Radiation Passbook will be sent to the European Commission for its inclusion in the European Basic Safety Standards (BSS).
The approval of the Radiation Passbook by HERCA represents a milestone in the work to develop a common approach to radiation safety and regulation, in particular within the European Union. Such harmonisation might also be useful for non-EU European or worldwide “neighbouring” countries.  HERCA considers the work as its first major achievement.

The model of a radiological passbook proposed by HERCA includes; harmonised format and terminology; harmonisation of the requirements on data content with a distinction between minimum requirements or mandatory fields and optional requirements leaving some data optional to allow Member States some flexibility.

HERCA will send the Radiation passbook to the European Commission for its inclusion in the BSS recast. Additionally, HERCA invites all European national competent authorities and stakeholders to express their comments on its implementation at national level.

The requirements for a radiation passbook were established in 1990 by the European Directive 90/641 Euratom, in order to ensure that outside workers  in nuclear facilities would benefit from the same level of protection as permanently employed workers, and which has led to an improvement of outside workers’ radiation protection. Nevertheless, the practical implementation of these requirements varies considerably among the different European countries.
In May 2007 HERCA decided to create a working group to investigate the practical implementation of the Directive 90/641/Euratom within the Member States (MS) and on how a better harmonization of the radioprotection systems for outside workers amongst the MS could be achieved.
The working group decided to lead a survey about the practical transposition of the 90/641 Euratom Directive within the Member States. This survey allowed to derive the commonalities and variations of the radiation monitoring systems for outside workers within the countries and to compare the content registered in the radiation passbooks to the required information in the Council Directive 90/641/Euratom. Based on these results, further steps towards harmonization of the systems amongst the different countries was proposed and approved at the HERCA Oslo meeting in June, 2010.

H5-6.a.2 Draft Radiation Passbook

Contact Press HERCA:
O. Guzmán (e-mail: olvido.guzman@asn.fr)