The ESR Radiation Protection Subcommittee is charged with setting up a global programme of medical radiation dose reduction, incorporating dose tracking, and contributes to the development of clinical decision support and professional training. It keeps abreast of all national and European initiatives regarding radiation protection, and liaises with national societies, the ESR’s Department of EU Affairs and other partners to help ensure the success of these initiatives.
In addition, the Radiation Protection Subcommittee oversees EuroSafe Imaging, the ESR's campaign to promote radiation protection and quality & safety in medical imaging.
The Euratom Basic Safety Standards Directive (2013/59/Euratom) sets safety standards for exposure to ionising radiation. The 2013 directive represents a significant overhaul of radiation protection legislation in the EU, consolidating a number of separate directives (including directive 97/43/Euratom on medical exposures) into a single piece of legislation.
The BSS directive sets out rules regarding justification, patient information, dose recording and reporting, diagnostic reference levels and the delineation of responsibilities of health professionals. After entry into force of the Directive 2013/59/Euratom on 6 February 2014, Member States had four years (i.e. 6 February 2018) to bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive.
Led by the Radiation Protection Subcommittee, the ESR developed a summary of the BSS directive that includes the essentials for diagnostic radiology.
International Basic Safety Standards
The IAEA has adopted non-binding international basic safety standards in cooperation with a number of organisations including the WHO and the European Commission. The current international guidance document for radiation protection was published in 2014.