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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.

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Authorities

32

European countries

14

Years of existence

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Working groups

News

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.

Justification and Use of Hand-held X-Ray Equipment

Users of Hand-held X-Ray Equipment can received insufficient information about the radiation hazards induced by these devices. HERCA issues this statement for raising awareness about these risks and ensuring an appropriate use of Hand-held X-Ray Equipment.

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.

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Participating authorities

ANVS
ASN
Bel V
BfS
BMK
BMSGPK
BMU
BNRA
CNCAN
COI