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.
Multi-stakeholder Workshops on Generic Justification and Accidental and Unintended Exposures
In the framework of the Euratom BSS Directive, HERCA organised on 24-27 October 2016 in Paris, two multi-stakholders workshops on (1) Generic Justification of Medical Exposures using Ionising Radiation and (2) Accidental and Unintended Exposures with major stakeholders from the medical field.
Common understanding and recommendations related of the BSS requirements on radon in workplaces
On the basis of the analysis of the BSS requirements, HERCA members propose a common understanding of these requirements in order to bring clarification when it seems to be necessary and useful. Furthermore, taking into account the flexibility introduced in the BSS, HERCA formulates 15 recommendations in order to support the preparation or the updating of the national action plans, and associated regulations.
18th HERCA Board Meeting
HERCA Board met on 3 and 4 November 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. This meeting was kindly hosted by the Irish Office of radiological Protection from the Environment Protection Agency.
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.