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Abstract

Exposure of individuals + both workers and members of the public + to ionizing radiation used for peaceful purposes, including medical purposes, are acceptable only on three conditions in accordance with the recommendations in Publication No 26 of the International Commission for Radiological Protection adopted by the European Communities (Council Directive of 15 July 1980, OJL 246, 17.9.1980). The three conditions are: (1) exposure must be justified; (2) when justified, exposure must be as low as reasonably achievable; (3) in all cases, exposure must be kept under review and remain below recognized limits. The aim of the seminar was to show how the concept of optimization could be applied in operational practice in the light of social requirements and economic needs, to identify data newly available through existing regulations and codes of practice, and to show what experience had been acquired. To that end the seminar covered the following points: (1) definition of the concept; (2) incorporation of the concept into the national legislations of the Member States and into that of the United States of America; and the difficulties associated with such incorporation; (3) use of the concept to optimize the radiation protection of workers; (4) use of the same concept to optimize the radiation protection of the general public.

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Authors: JOLIVET A CEC LUXEMBOURG SINNAEVE J CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM) , CEC LUXEMBOURG;CEC BRUXELLES (BELGIUM)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 9173 EN (1984) FS, 515 P., BFR 1600, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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