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TENORMHARM Report Summary

Project ID: FIGM-CT-2001-00174
Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C
Country: Belgium

Guideline for authorities of candidate countries for improving the national regulations towards the Directive 96/29/Euratom

As part of WP3 dealing with harmonisation of legislation between “old” and “new” EU member states as well as the candidate country Romania a questionnaire sent around by the EU at the end of 2000 to collect information about the legal measures for provisions of Title VII of the Directive 96/29/Euratom was used.

Within the Basic Safety Standards Directive activities involving naturally occurring radionuclides likely to result in a significant increase in exposure of workers or members of the public, were defined separately as work activities.

As the “new” states did only join the EU in May 2004, it must be clear that the implementation of Title VII is a not yet finalised process in these countries. Even in some of the “old” member states the approach as to TENORM in still a process in evolution.

To give the participants the opportunity to take changes into account the questionnaire distributed originally in the spring of 2003 was sent around again for updating in the summer of 2004. In this way the answers are representative for the situation at the end of 2004.

Through the questions, remarks and comments obtained in course of this WP, it became clear that some of the questions could be interpreted in a different way and is in some way a little bit misleading (for example the questions dealing with Art. 41 of Title VII).

It should also be kept in mind that about all of the participants are research institutes and not regulators. Due to the complexity of the matter, it may well be that for some topics the researchers view and interpretation, as reported here, deviates in some (but not fundamental) way from the regulators’ one.

It must be stated that there is an urgent need to support the "new" member states and candidate country in implementing the Directive 96/29 and subordinated regulations into national regulations to reach harmonisation within EU.

Contact

Andre POFFIJN, (section head)
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