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Medical Applications

Natural Radiation Sources

Research and Industrial Sources and Practices

Veterinary Applications

Our mandate

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.

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.

56

Authorities

32

European countries

14

Years of existence

6

Working groups

News

HERCA 33 Board Meeting

The HERCA Board of Heads (BoH) meeting was held on the 22-23 May 2024 in the beautiful city of Madrid, […]

HERCA workshop on EU-BSS Directive implementation

HERCA members have been discussing for ten years about possible gaps and ambiguities in the European BSS Directive (EU-BSSD) that […]

3rd European Inspection Workshop on how to inspect optimisation and radiation safety in radiotherapy – update

HERCA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the third European Inspection Workshop on “How to inspect […]

Publication of HERCA’s view on patient radiation protection in medicine

Following the thorough work of the dedicated task force on patient protection, the HERCA working group on medical applications has finalised its statement on the use of contact shielding.

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Participating authorities

AGES
ANVS
APA
ASN
Bel V
BfS
BMK
BMSGPK
BMUV
BNRA
CNCAN
CPD
CQC
CSN
DHSC
DLI
DSA
EA
EEAE
ENSI
EPA/ORM
FANC
FOPH
GR
HAEA
HIQA
HSE
ISIN
KCOR
Keskkonnaamet
MINSZW
MS
NCPHP
NCRRP
NDRIS
NRA
ONR
PAA
RIVM
RPC (Commission for the Protection from Ioninsing and non-Ioninsing Radiation)
RPHA
RSC (Latvia)
RSC (Lithuania)
SIS
SNSA
SRBATOM
SRPA
SSM
STUK
SUJB
SUVA
UKHSA
UVZSR