New European Approach for cross-border Emergency Preparedness
The heads of the national nuclear and radiation safety regulators in Europe have developed and agreed on a new approach to further improve the response and cross-border coordination for all types of possible accident scenarios including severe accidents, like the one in Fukushima. It contains overarching principles and provides an incentive for joint actions between neighbouring countries. The regulators have committed to engage a cooperation at national level with the competent authorities in charge of civil protection for the implementation of the corresponding measures.
HERCA MedInspector 2015 Workshop
HERCA organised a workshop on "How to inspect justification and optimization in diagnostic radiology" on 6-8 October 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.
This workshop has been an effective platform, bringing together inspectors among Europe, for exchanging practical ideas and experiences when it comes to inspection of justification and optimization. From these discussions, participants have produced recommendations on the practical inspection of justification and optimization within diagnostic radiology.
HERCA Action Plan in relation to the transposition and implementation of Directive 2013/59/Euratom (Euratom-BSS)
The Board of Heads of HERCA has approved on its 14th Meeting held in Stockholm on 21-22 October an Action Plan in relation to the transposition and implementation of the new Euratom BSS. The new BSS, Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 17th January 2014 and Member States have until the 6th February 2018 to complete the process of transposition into their national regulations.
HEADS OF THE EUROPEAN RADIOLOGICAL PROTECTION COMPETENT AUTHORITIES
HERCA is a voluntary association in which the Heads of Radiation Protection Authorities work together in order to identify common issues and propose practical solutions for these issues. HERCA is working on topics generally covered by provisions of the EURATOM Treaty. The programme of work of HERCA is based on common interest in significant regulatory issues.
The goal of HERCA is to contribute to a high level of radiological protection throughout Europe. In order to achieve this goal, the association will:
- Build and maintain a European network of chief radiation protection regulatory authorities, with the definite wish to involve ALL such regulatory authorities, throughout Europe
- Promote the exchange of ideas and experiences, avoiding unnecessary duplication of work and learning from one another’s best practices
- Develop a common approach to radiation protection and the way it is transposed into regulation
- Discuss and, where appropriate, express its consensus opinion on significant regulatory issues.
The Uniqueness of HERCA
The uniqueness of HERCA, as compared to other existing networks in radiation protection, is that it is composed of the Heads of the Authorities, persons who either have decision capacity or can at least have a major influence on policy and decisions within their country.