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The EAN produces a regular ALARA Newsletter, widely distributed (especially in Europe), to provide a link between all those concerned with ALARA, mainly the health physicists, but also the managers, the radiation protection organisations, the research bodies, the regulatory bodies, the trade union representatives and the medical doctors. This Newsletter intends to reflect some major aspects of the ALARA life in Europe: evolution of regulations and judicial precedents, results of research, description of existing databases, analyses of dosimetric data, authorities and utilities ALARA programmes, available ALARA tools, need for ALARA improvements, lessons learnt from incidents, and recommendations to EC coming from the panel sessions of the EAN Workshops. Each issue includes one or two feature articles, as well as experts' viewpoints and ALARA information.

The content of the Newsletter has mainly been provided by EAN Members. However, the EAN Newsletter Editorial Board has decided to also encourage recipients of the Newsletter to submit article for inclusion in future issues. Submitted articles should aim to fit the current ediotorial line and will be selected on that basis

  • Proposal should be written in English language and send electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You are free to translate the Newsletter: As in many countries the English language is not understood by some of the potential addresses of the Newsletter, it has been suggested it should be translated into other languages (Flemish, Spanish, French...). The Network is not able to do this centrally but, as the objective of the Newsletter is to facilitate as wide as possible dissemination of the ALARA culture, every participating organisation may translate the Newsletter and publish it as a 'common' publication with the European ALARA Network. Moreover any journal can translate one or more articles in its own publication using its national language, providing the original article in the Newsletter and authors are referenced.

Authors are solely responsible for their publication in this Newsletter. It does not represent the opinion of the community. The community and the Editorial Board are not responsible for any use that might be made of the data appearing therein.

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Editorial

The implementation of the ALARA principle in the medical and industrial fields is certainly one of the most challenging issues that health physicists and RP professionals will have to deal with during the next decade. Numerous presentations made on these topics at the IRPA 12th Conference in Buenos-Aires have confirmed this. It raises even more crucially the need for enhancing radiological protection culture, especially outside the nuclear sector.  Thus, the initiative taken by the Radiological Protection Societies to establis h a dedicated working group to prepare IRPA Guiding Principles on the improvement of radiological protection culture worldwide is very welcome. Moreover, the integration of the revised ICRP Recommendations for the system of radiological protection into national regulations will undoubtedly reinforce the role of optimisation (ALARA) in reducing occupational and public exposures.   Maybe we can say that the RP profession is reaching a major turning point in the movement toward a common way of doing, organizing, and managing radiological protection: towards shared ethics?

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