Update on the Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health
Participants at the 76th Meeting of CRPPH, held April 10 to 12, 2018.
The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is an intergovernmental agency based in Paris, France, that facilitates cooperation among countries with advanced nuclear technology infrastructures to seek excellence in nuclear safety, technology, science, environment, and law. NEA has established a Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health (CRPPH), made up of regulators and radiation protection experts, with the broad mission to assist NEA member countries in the implementation and enhancement of radiological protection systems by:
- providing a high-level, visible forum for exchange and discussion
- seeking common understanding of identified issues
- advancing state-of-the-art radiological protection theory and practice
- advancing policies that bring radiological protection systems more in line with modern societal needs
- promoting international cooperative projects
CRPPH has a number of working parties and expert groups that support its work. Their mandates span nuclear and radiological emergency matters, legacy management, operational and analytical aspects of exposures at nuclear power plants, and implications of international recommendations on the system of radiological protection.
CRPPH works in close cooperation with other NEA committees, including:
- Radioactive Waste Management Committee
- Committee on Nuclear Regulatory Activities
- Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations
Brian Ahier, director of the Radiation Protection Bureau of Health Canada, and Christina Dodkin, radiation protection specialist with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, represent Canada on CRPPH.
Overview of the 76th Meeting of CRPPH
CRPPH held its 76th annual meeting from April 10 to 12, 2018, in Paris, France, to review its ongoing work and discuss future directions. Observers at the meeting included representatives from:
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)
- International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA)
- UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
At the meeting, CRPPH approved five reports in the following areas:
- Food safety
- NEA International Nuclear Emergency Exercise (INEX-5)
- Legacy management
- Lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident
It also agreed to create two new expert groups:
- Recovery management following a nuclear or radiological emergency
- Implementing the ICRP’s recommended equivalent dose limit for the lens of the eye for occupational exposures
Other highlights from the meeting include the following:
- The status of the NEA International Radiological Protection School, an activity of the CRPPH, was discussed. The pilot will take place August 20 to 24, 2018, at Stockholm University in Sweden.
- CRPPH strongly supported an initiative for global coordination of low-dose radiation research.
- A topical session on radiation risk communication at the meeting prompted CRPPH to include this topic in its future program of work. Accordingly, CRPPH agreed to lead the second NEA Workshop on Stakeholder Involvement in Nuclear Decision Making, which will be held in 2019, with a focus on risk communication.
- CRPPH received an update regarding preparations for NEA’s Fifth Workshop on Science and Values in Radiological Protection Decision Making, which will take place September 19 to 21, 2018, in Milan, Italy (hosted by the University of Milan).