ICRP http://www.icrp.org/index.asp International Commission on Radiological Protection en-gb Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:33:47 +0000 Publication 136, Dose Coefficients for Non-human Biota Environmentally Exposed to Radiation, Now Available http://www.icrp.org/page.asp?id=373 <p>Effective today, ICRP's most recent publication on&nbsp;Dose Coefficients for Non-human Biota Environmentally Exposed to Radiation is available on <a href="publication.asp?id=ICRP%20Publication%20136">ICRP.org</a>.</p> <p>The full report can be accessed with your subscription or purchase on the <a href="http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0146645317728022">SAGE Publishing</a> website.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span><strong style="font-size: 12px;">Abstract -</strong><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;The diversity of non-human biota is a specific challenge when developing and applying dosimetric models for assessing exposures of flora and fauna from radioactive sources in the environment. Dosimetric models, adopted in Publication 108, provide dose coefficients (DCs) for a group of reference entities [Reference Animals and Plants (RAPs)]. The DCs can be used to evaluate doses and dose rates, and to compare the latter with derived consideration reference levels (DCRLs), which are bands of dose rate where some sort of detrimental effect in a particular RAP may be expected to occur following chronic, long-term radiation exposure, as outlined in Publication 124. These dosimetric models pragmatically assume simple body shapes with uniform composition and density, homogeneous internal contamination, limited sets of idealised sources of external exposure to ionising radiation for aquatic and terrestrial animals and plants, and truncated radioactive decay chains. This pragmatic methodology is further developed and systematically extended in this publication, which supersedes the DC values of Publication 108. Significant methodological changes since Publication 108 include: implementation of a new approach for external exposure of terrestrial animals with an extended set of environmental radioactive sources in soil and in air; considering an extended range of organisms and locations in contaminated terrain; transition to the contemporary radionuclide database of Publication 107; assessment-specific consideration of the contribution of radioactive progeny to DCs of parent radionuclides; and use of generalised allometric relationships in the estimation of biokinetic or metabolic parameter values. These methodological developments result in changes to previously published tables of DCs for RAPs, and revised values are provided in this publication. This publication is complemented by a new software tool, called 'BiotaDC', which enables the calculation of DCs for internal and external exposures of organisms with user-defined masses, shapes, and locations in the environment and for all radionuclides in Publication 107.</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <h1></h1> Fri, 8 Dec 2017 16:16:54 +0000 Presentations Available for Joint ICRP-RERF-JHPS Workshop http://www.icrp.org/page.asp?id=372 <p>Presenations from the&nbsp;Joint ICRP-RERF-JHPS Workshop on Recent Progress in Radiation Dosimetry for Epidemiology and Radiological Protection can now be found&nbsp;<a href="page.asp?id=370">here</a>&nbsp;on www.icrp.org.</p> <p>This workshop took place on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at the University of Tokyo.&nbsp; The outstanding presentations remaining will be uploaded to the above next week.</p> Thu, 7 Dec 2017 19:54:50 +0000 Passing of Main Commission Emeritus Member Charles Meinhold http://www.icrp.org/page.asp?id=371 <p><img style="float: right; border: 1px solid black; margin: 10px;" src="admin/Charles%20Meinhold.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></p> <p>Charles B. Meinhold (1934-2017) was among the select few appointed as Emeritus Members of the ICRP Main Commission. This honorary life-long distinction, conferred only by unanimous agreement of the Main Commission, is an expression of appreciation for extraordinary contributions.</p> <p>All who knew Charlie were saddened to learn of his passing on November 3rd, 2017.</p> <p>His work with ICRP began in 1967, contributing to what would become ICRP <em>Publication 15</em> Protection against Ionizing Radiation from External Sources. Soon thereafter, Charlie was a member (1973-1977) of ICRP Committee 3 on external exposure, and then Chair (1977-1985) of ICRP Committee 3 newly renamed 'Protection in medicine'. It was a testament to his breadth of expertise that he was also Chair (1985-1993) of ICRP Committee 2 on secondary limits, and Vice-Chair (1993-2001) of the Main Commission. Upon retirement from this latest position, he was appointed as an Emeritus Member of the Main Commission.</p> <p>Charlie was also on the International Radiation Protection Association Executive Council (1984-1996), serving as Vice-President (1988-1992) and President (1992-1996).</p> <p>In addition to his international work, Charlie was active at home in the US, serving on the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) from (1979-2002), and its third President (1991-2002).</p> <p>Charlie will be missed by us all.</p> <p><a href="http://ncrponline.org/wp-content/themes/ncrp/PDFs/Obits/Meinhold_obit.pdf" target="_blank">Please also see the In Memorium message from NCRP</a>.</p> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:10:21 +0000 Joint ICRP-RERF-JHPS Workshop Dec 2017 Second Announcement http://www.icrp.org/docs/Joint ICRP-RERF-JHPS Workshop Dec 2017 Second Announcement.pdf http://www.irpa.net/docs/Joint ICRP-RERF-JHPS Workshop Dec 2017 Second Announcement.pdf Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:27:51 +0000 ICRP-ICNIRP 2017 Meeting Statement http://www.icrp.org/docs/ICRP-ICNIRP 2017 Meeting Statement.pdf http://www.irpa.net/docs/ICRP-ICNIRP 2017 Meeting Statement.pdf Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:35:24 +0000 Summary of C1 Paris Meeting October 2017 http://www.icrp.org/docs/Summary of C1 Paris meeting October 2017.pdf http://www.irpa.net/docs/Summary of C1 Paris meeting October 2017.pdf Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:10:50 +0000 Abstracts and Presentations for the ICRP Workshop on Surface Disposal of Radioactive Waste Now Available http://www.icrp.org/page.asp?id=369 <p><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;">The ICRP Workshop on Surface Disposal of Radioactive Waste was successfully held in Fukushima&nbsp;on Monday November 6, 2017.&nbsp; With special thanks to the Nippon Foundation, members of Task Group 97 and Committee 4 were able to attend this workshop and discuss key topics with members of the community.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p>For more information, pictures, abstracts, and presentations, please visit the workshops official page <a href="page.asp?id=368">here</a>.</p> Tue, 7 Nov 2017 13:09:01 +0000 Summary of October 2017 C4 Meeting Paris http://www.icrp.org/docs/Summary of October 2017 C4 Meeting Paris.pdf http://www.irpa.net/docs/Summary of October 2017 C4 Meeting Paris.pdf Fri, 3 Nov 2017 14:26:24 +0000 ICRP Publication 135 Now Available on ICRP.org http://www.icrp.org/page.asp?id=367 <h1>Diagnostic Reference Levels in Medical Imaging</h1> <h2>ICRP Publication 135</h2> <p><span style="font-size: 12px;">Ann. ICRP 46(1), 2017</span><br style="font-size: 12px;" /><br style="font-size: 12px;" /><span style="font-size: 12px;">E. Va&ntilde;o, D.L. Miller, C.J. Martin, M.M. Rehani, K. Kang, M. Rosenstein, P. Ortiz-Lopez, S. Mattsson, R. Padovani, A. Rogers</span><br style="font-size: 12px;" /><br style="font-size: 12px;" /><br style="font-size: 12px;" /><strong style="font-size: 12px;">Abstract -</strong><span style="font-size: 12px;">&nbsp;The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) first introduced the term &lsquo;diagnostic reference level&rsquo; (DRL) in 1996 in Publication 73. The concept was subsequently developed further, and practical guidance was provided in 2001. The DRL has been proven to be an effective tool that aids in optimisation of protection in the medical exposure of patients for diagnostic and interventional procedures. However, with time, it has become evident that additional advice is needed. There are issues related to definitions of the terms used in previous guidance, determination of the values for DRLs, the appropriate interval for reevaluating and updating these values, appropriate use of DRLs in clinical practice, methods for practical application of DRLs, and application of the DRL concept to newer imaging technologies. This publication is intended as a further source of information and guidance on these issues. Some terminology has been clarified. In addition, this publication recommends quantities for use as DRLs for various imaging modalities, and provides information on the use of DRLs for interventional procedures and in paediatric imaging. It suggests modifications in the conduct of DRL surveys that take advantage of automated reporting of radiation-dose-related uantities, and highlights the importance of including information on DRLs in training programmes for healthcare workers. The target audience for this publication is national, regional, and local authorities; professional societies; and facilities that use ionising radiation for medical purposes, and responsible staff within these facilities. A full set of the Commission&rsquo;s recommendations is provided.</span><br style="font-size: 12px;" /><br style="font-size: 12px;" /></p> <h3>Recommended reference format for citations</h3> <p><span style="font-size: 12px;">ICRP, 2017. Diagnostic reference levels in medical imaging. ICRP Publication 135. Ann. ICRP 46(1).</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Full access to the Publication can be found <a href="publication.asp?id=ICRP%20Publication%20135">here</a>.</p> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:51:00 +0000 ICRP Workshop November 2017 Second Announcement http://www.icrp.org/docs/ICRP Workshop Nov 2017 Second Announcement.pdf http://www.irpa.net/docs/ICRP Workshop Nov 2017 Second Announcement.pdf Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:32:39 +0000 Summary of October 2017 Main Commission Meeting Paris http://www.icrp.org/docs/Summary of October 2017 Main Commission Meeting Paris.pdf http://www.irpa.net/docs/Summary of October 2017 Main Commission Meeting Paris.pdf Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:04:08 +0000 ICRP-ERPW 2017 Link Now Available http://www.icrp.org/page.asp?id=364 <p>Whether you particiapted in last weeks ICRP-ERPW 2017 Symposium or not, related information of the event can now be found our <a href="page.asp?id=248">website</a>.</p> <p>Presentations, proceedings, the programme book, meeting summaries, and many other relevant pieces of information will all be cotinually updated over the coming weeks.</p> <p>Continue to check back in as more information becomes available!</p> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:25:29 +0000 ICRP Main Commission Elects New Chair of Committee 3 http://www.icrp.org/docs/ICRP Main Commission Elects New Chair of Committee 3.pdf http://www.irpa.net/docs/ICRP Main Commission Elects New Chair of Committee 3.pdf Sat, 14 Oct 2017 08:57:52 +0000 Proceedings of the ICRP Dialogue Initiative Now Available http://www.icrp.org/page.asp?id=363 <p>ICRP is pleased to annouce that the Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Fukushima Dialogue Initiative are now available on the <a href="http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/ANIB_45_2S">Sage Website</a>.</p> <p>With focus on the rehabilitation of living conditions after the nuclear accident in 2011, the meetings in December 2015 are now free-to-access.</p> <p>The objective of the workshop was to share the experiences and main lessons of the ICRP Fukushima Dialogue inititiave, focusing on the 12 main dialogue meetings held between November 2011 and September of 2015 at various locations in Fukushima Prefecture.</p> <p>Further information about ICRP and Fukushima, outside of this publication, can be found on <a href="page.asp?id=188">www.icrp.org</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The workshop was organised by ICRP, hosted by Date City, and held in&nbsp;co-operation with a large and diverse set of organisations:&nbsp;Ethos in Fukushima,&nbsp;French Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety*, French Nuclear&nbsp;Safety Authority*, Fukushima&nbsp;Medical University, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan&nbsp;Health Physics Society, Japanese Cabinet Office (Support Team for Residents&nbsp;Affected by Nuclear Incidents), Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority, Ministry&nbsp;of the Environment of Japan, The Nippon&nbsp;Foundation*, Norwegian Radiation&nbsp;Protection Authority*, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency*, and Radiation Safety&nbsp;Forum Japan&nbsp;(those marked with an asterisk also provided the financial support&nbsp;necessary to make this event a reality, and the resulting&nbsp;proceedings freely available).&nbsp; Special thanks to all involved.</p> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:27:09 +0000 First Announcement of Joint ICRP-RERF-JHPS Workshop on Recent Progress in Radiation Dosimetry for Epidemiology and Radiological Protection http://www.icrp.org/docs/Joint ICRP-RERF-JHPS Workshop Dec 2017 First Announcement.pdf http://www.irpa.net/docs/Joint ICRP-RERF-JHPS Workshop Dec 2017 First Announcement.pdf Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:10:14 +0000 ICRP Announces 90th Anniversary Drive to Free the Annals http://www.icrp.org/page.asp?id=362 <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Today in Paris, ICRP Chair Claire Cousins announced the organisation&rsquo;s intention to begin the process of making the Annals of the ICRP free-to-access for everyone around the world.</span><span>&nbsp; </span><span>By making all but the most recent two years available, professionals, governments, and the public stand to benefit.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>At the opening ceremonies of ICRP-ERPW 2017, Dr. Cousins recognised the support of the UAE Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) for kickstarting the campaign with generous financial contributions, enabling free access to ICRP Publication 103: The 2007 Recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span lang="EN-US">&ldquo;</span></em><em><span>We are delighted to lead the way with a meaningful contribution towards making the Annals of the ICRP available for free, and in particular we are proud that Publication 103 is now available to everybody thanks to our contribution. Easy access will be a boon to governments, scientists, professionals, and interested citizens world-wide. Let&rsquo;s take on this important initiative together.</span></em><em><span lang="EN-US">&rdquo;</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span lang="EN-US">- </span></strong><strong><span>Christer Viktorsson, Director General, The UAE&rsquo;s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span lang="EN-US">&ldquo;We are pleased to join other agencies and countries in ICRP&rsquo;s efforts with our contribution towards making the Annals of the ICRP available for free; and, in particular, we are thrilled that Publication 103 will be available to everyone. &nbsp;Access will be a benefit to radiation protection professionals, scientists, and interested countries worldwide. &nbsp;Let us undertake this critical initiative together.&rdquo;</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">- <strong>Dr. Patricia R. Worthington, Director, Office of Health and Safety, United States Department of Energy</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>In 2016, ICRP set three strategic priorities:</span></p> <ul> <li>Maintain and Continue to Improve the System of Radiological Protection</li> <li><span style="text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 10pt;">Promote Awareness of Radiological Protection and Broaden Access to ICRP Recommendations</span></li> <li><span style="text-indent: -18pt; font-size: 10pt;">Increase Engagement with Professionals, Policy-Makers, and the Public</span></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>This initiative addresses all of these priorities heading into the charity&rsquo;s 90<sup>th</sup> year and beyond. Thanks to FANR and the DOE, and others who will follow their lead, the future looks bright.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Parties interested in joining this important initiative are encouraged to contact </span><a style="background-color: #ffffff; font-size: 10pt;" href="mailto:kelsey.cloutier@icrp.org">Kelsey Cloutier</a><span style="font-size: 10pt;">, Development and Communications Manager.</span></p> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:30:10 +0000 ICRP Workshop Nov 2017 First Announcement http://www.icrp.org/docs/ICRP Workshop Nov 2017 First Announcement.pdf http://www.irpa.net/docs/ICRP Workshop Nov 2017 First Announcement.pdf Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:43:15 +0000 Joint FMU-ICRP Workshop on Radiological Protection in Medicine http://www.icrp.org/page.asp?id=361 <p>On Tuesday October 3, 2017, ICRP, in conjunction with Fukushima Medical University, put on a joint symposium on Radiological Protection in Medicine.</p> <h3>Opening Address</h3> <p>Koichi Tanigawa (Fukushima Medical University, Japan)&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <h3>Session 1: General Overview and Introduction from FMU</h3> <p><a href="docs/2017fuk/1%20Yonekura%20Presentation.pdf">Radiological Protection in Medicine: Overview and Introduction of TG101</a><br />Yoshiharu Yonekura (QST, Japan)&nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="docs/2017fuk/2%20Oriuchi%20Presentation.pdf">New Treatment Facility and Targeted Alpha-particle Therapy in FMU</a><br />Noboru Oriuchi (Fukushima Medical University, Japan)&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <h3>Session 2: Risk Estimate for Radiological Protection</h3> <p><a href="docs/2017fuk/3%20Mattsson%20Presentation.pdf">Individual Risk Estimates in Radiology: Is it necessary and possible?</a>&nbsp;<br />S&ouml;ren Mattsson (Sk&aring;ne University Hospital Malm&ouml; and Lund University, Sweden)&nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="docs/2017fuk/4%20Bolch%20Presentation.pdf">Pediatric Phantoms for Dosimetry Calculations</a>&nbsp;<br />Wesley Bolch (University of Florida, USA)&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <h3>Session 3: Radiological Protection in Radionuclide Therapy</h3> <p><a href="docs/2017fuk/5%20Flux%20Presentation.pdf">Individualized Treatment Planning in Radionuclide Therapy</a>&nbsp;<br />Glenn Flux (Royal Marsden Hospital, UK)&nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="docs/2017fuk/6%20Hosono%20Presentation.pdf">Current Status on Radionuclide Therapy</a><br />Makoto Hosono (Kindai University, Japan)&nbsp;</p> <p>Many thanks to our participants and speakers for a successful and engaging event.</p> <p>Further information, including the Abstracts, can be found&nbsp;<a href="page.asp?id=360">here</a>.</p> Mon, 9 Oct 2017 06:50:44 +0000 FMU-ICRP Workshop Third Announcement http://www.icrp.org/docs/FMU-ICRP Workshop Third Announcement.pdf http://www.irpa.net/docs/FMU-ICRP Workshop Third Announcement.pdf Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:17:15 +0000 Release of ICRP 2016 Annual Report http://www.icrp.org/docs/Annual Report 2016.pdf http://www.irpa.net/docs/Annual Report 2016.pdf Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:41:00 +0000