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Abstract

The accident at Chernobyl has highlighted the need for an independent assessment of the present situation and future actions with respect to the protection of the population in the European Community from the danger of ionizing radiation. The Commission of the European Communities in its Outline communication from the Commission to the Council on the consequences of the Chernobyl accident' has announced a series of activities in different fields to take account of the lessons to be learnt from the Chernobyl accident. Problems of safety standards and consequences to health take an important place in these considerations of the Commission. Consequently a Committee of high-level independent scientists' has been convoked and asked: item"(1)" to assess the scientific evidence arising from current research in view of recent nuclear incidents and to consider the possible implications for the basic standards and emergency reference levels; and item "(ii)" to advise the Commission on future actions in radiological protection.par The Committee met four times between July and November 1986 and discussed all aspects dealing with radiation protection in routine operations and after accidents. The Committee considered the adequacy of present safety standards in the light of available scientific knowledge and paid special attention to radiation protection following nuclear accidents. Rationales for different countermeasures were reviewed and, in particular, the different aspects and methodologies for defining derived emergency reference levels for radioactive contamination in foodstuffs were analysed. Thereby, the Committee did not intend to duplicate the work of the existing Group of Experts set up under Article 31.

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Authors: BENGTSSON G SWEDISH INST. OF RADIATION PROTECTION, STOCKHOLM JACOBI W GESELLSCHAFT FUER STRAHLEN- UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG, NEUHERBERG, D JAMMET H INTL. CENT. OF RADIOPATHOLOGY, PARIS , SWEDISH INST. OF RADIATION PROTECTION, STOCKHOLM;GESELLSCHAFT FUER STRAHLEN- UND UMWELTFORSCHUNG, NEUHERBERG, D;INTL. CENT. OF RADIOPATHOLOGY, PARIS
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11449 EN (1988) FS, PP 277, ECU 21.00, AVAILABILITY: EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, BP 1003, GDL
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Record Number: 1989126083000 / Last updated on: 1989-05-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en
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