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Research and Industrial Sources and Practices

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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

New Guidance on NORM

HERCA has just published a new guidance on the application of exemption and clearance concepts in the regulation of naturally […]

HERCA 27 Board Meeting – remote

The HERCA Board of Heads (BoH) meeting in June 2021 was organized in virtual mode. It was kindly hosted by […]

Further analysis of the 2018-HERCA questionnaire on HASS/sealed sources

Follow-up of the 2018 questionnaire on High-Activity Sealed Sources

HERCA report on Equipment

The work package (WP) Equipment was initiated to continue the communication links with HERCA’s main CT manufacturers begun through the WP CT Manufacturers Stakeholder Involvement.

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Last publications

Industrial Radiography information paper

HERCA has produced this information paper to precise its opinion ont the feasibility of replacing radiography using radiation sources with less hazardous X-ray or non-ionising techniques

HERCA Guidance on NORM

This HERCA document seeks to help national authorities achieve a more effective implementation of the EU BSSD provisions on NORM, as well as to explore the prospects of international harmonization, by examining national approaches to the use of exemption and clearance in the regulation of NORM.

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Participating authorities

AGES
ANVS
ASN
Bel V
BfS
BMK
BMSGPK
BMU
BNRA
CNCAN
COI
CPD
CQC
CSN
DHSC
DLI
DSA
EA
EEAE
ENSI
EPA/ORM
FANC
FOPH
GR
HSE
ISIN
Keskkonnaamet
MINSZW
MS
NCRRP
NDRIS
NPHC
NRA (Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic)
ONR
PAA
PHE
RIVM
RPC (Commission for the Protection from Ioninsing and non-Ioninsing Radiation)
RPHA
RSC
RSC
SIS
SNSA
SRBATOM
SRPA
SSM
STUK
SUJB
SUVA
UVZSR