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European Network on Education and Training in Radiological Protection (ENETRAP), Final report (summary)

Project ID: 516529


Occupational, public, and environmental radiation protection is a major challenge in the industrial applications of ionising radiation, both nuclear and non-nuclear, as well as in other areas such as the medical and research area. As is the case with all nuclear expertise, there is a trend of a decreasing number of experts in radiation protection due to various reasons. Therefore, maintaining a high level of competencies in this field is crucial for the future application of ionising radiation and to ensure the protection of workers, the public, and the environment. A sustainable education and training (E&T) infrastructure for radiation protection is an essential component to combat the decline in expertise and to ensure the continuation of the high level of radiation protection knowledge in the future.
Such infrastructure has to be built in a way that both the initial training (hereafter referred to as "education") and the unceasing maintenance of the level of competencies (hereafter
referred to as "training") are available.
This project dealt with the development of an E&T structure based on an analysis of needs, qualification requirements, etc. of the different EU Member States. Studies1 have shown that a wide variety of national E&T approaches for the qualified expert, as required in the European Basic Safety Standards, exists in the Member States, the new Member States, and the Candidate States. The development of a common European radiation protection and safety culture and, based on that, the mutual recognition for radiation protection courses and the acquired competencies of radiation protection experts becomes a real need. The harmonization of E&T is a good starting point. Moreover, finding a common basis for E&T will favour the mobility of workers and students throughout the European countries.

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