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International Comparison Scheme for Radioactivity Environmental Monitoring (ICS-REM)


Specific Objectives:
To organise the annual international comparison for REM To prepare the "Travelling Air Sampler" international comparison Anticipated milestones and schedule 1.1 Negotiations with IES, DG ENV and participants on the planning: - International comparison planning for 2003 (Jan. - March). Sample preparation and dispatch to participants: - Air filters loaded with 137Cs and shipped to participants (April - May). Data collection from participants: - Collecting report forms from participants and prepare data evaluation (June - Aug.);
1.2 Data evaluation and report: - Evaluation of results from participants, write a report and communicate to stakeholders (Sept. - Dec). 2.1 Negotiations and planning for the travelling air sampler: - Discuss with stakeholders and participants the project and make a work plan (Jan - June). 2.2 Purchase and test of air sampler: - Purchase air sampler and test it (July - Dec.)
Planned Deliverables Samples delivered to participants Data available for evaluation Report and communication to IES, DG ENV, Art. 35+36 Exp. Group, Participants Work plan and list of participants to the "Travelling Air Sampler" international comparison Air sampler ready for international comparison.
Summary of the Action:
The aim of this action is to support action 2114, Radioactivity Environmental Monitoring through:
1. organisation of the annual international comparison for REM which can be regarded as training for participating laboratories and thus contributes to ERA;
2. preparation of the "Travelling Air Sampler" international comparison Rationale The role of the European Commission (EC) to provide information on the radioactivity levels in the environment is laid down in the EC legislation (e.g. Euratom Treaty; Council decision 87/600 on the Community arrangements for the early exchange of information in the event of a radiological emergency; OSPAR and HELCOM conventions on the Protection of the Marine Environment; Drinking Water directive; Council regulation No 3954/87 regarding the maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of foodstuffs).

In addition there is a growing concern with the general public about the radioactivity levels in the terrestrial and marine environment, as well about the potential risk of future nuclear accidents, in particular in Eastern Europe. To provide this information in an efficient, transparent and objective way, an automatic information system for collecting and evaluating radioactivity levels in normal and in emergency conditions, with access rights to a wide readership and managed by a neutral international organisation, evidently forces itself.

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