The following definition has been proposed by the EAN Working Group on ALARA Culture. It has been endorsed by the members of the EAN Steering Group.
EAN Proposal: Definition of the ALARA Approach to Radiation Protection Culture
Based on scientific knowledge and characterised by risk awareness, optimisation of radiation protection is an ongoing and iterative process, to keep
The implementation of the ALARA approach in practice is the most important element of radiation protection culture because of the particularity of the linear dose-effect relationship without thresholds (LNT) compared to protection methods for chemical and toxic agents, new findings of new health effects due to ionising radiation, and the application of the precautionary principle.
The implementation requires an adequate number of well trained and
experienced radiation protection specialists familiar with the ALARA
principle and associated procedures and ready to spread the ALARA
culture within their field of activities.