20th HERCA Board Meeting
HERCA Board met on 2 and 3 November 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This 20th meeting was kindly hosted by the Danish Health Authority (SIS).
HERCA organised a European inspection campaign to assess patient radiation protection in diagnostic radiology
Starting on 8 November 2016, national radiation protection authorities from 18 European countries conducted a special series of inspections in radiology departments and practices. Their aim was to assess the application of the justification principle. By monitoring existing practices, the European authorities identified routes for further improvements in patient radiation protection.
CT Manufacturers Stakeholder Involvement
HERCA started its dialogue with the CT manufacturers, professional and international organisations in 2010. Today, HERCA publishes the outcomes of this dialogue in a comprehensive report.
Justification of New Types or Classes of Practices In the Medical Field
The justification of new types of practices is a concept introduced the Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom. In particular in the medical field – probably because of a real difficulty of applying this abstract concept in an operational way – the transposition of the Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom poses some challenges to the Member States. HERCA issued its position paper which includes conceptuel Framework and key-messages.
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
Compared to other existing networks in radiation protection, HERCA 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.