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Building on the foundation of the 1957 Euratom Treaty, joint efforts of the Member States initiated a uniform policy of radiation protection within the Community. The existing European system is being further developed. Measures to be taken after a nuclear emergency, and the maximum values permitted in food and in animal feed have been defined. Protection from radiation in the medical field has been promoted. Other directives concern the protection of external workers in nuclear installations and cross-border transport of nuclear waste. A partial revision of the basic Euratom standards is planned in view of new ICRP recommendations. In several Member States tendencies can be observed which might call into question the uniform nature of the basic standards. However, the Euratom Treaty places great emphasis on their uniform application and the safety margins contained in them are by definition sufficient. On this basis there need be no conflict between the objectives of industry and those of health policy. If the Euratom Treaty is strictly adhered to, the issue of radiological protection should in no way impede progress towards the European Single Market.

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Authors: ERISKAT H, CEC Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Zweite Regionaltagung der Deutschen Landesgruppe der AIDN/INLA, Würzburg (DE), June 7-8, 1990
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper DE 35787 ORA
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