In 2014, the EAN Steering Group decided to extend the duration of the EAN association for another period of 5 years. A Strategic Agenda for the 2015-2020 was drafted at the occasion of a brainstorming seminar that took place in June 2014. This Strategic Agenda aims to replace the former EAN Strategic Plan 2010 - 2015 and described the expected work of EAN during the period with regard to the challenges at stake
EAN Strategic Agenda 2015 - 2020 (pdf, 455 KB).
New Challenges for ALARA
The context of radiological protection worldwide reveals several priority areas and confirms there are still many challenges in the ALARA field. The management of existing exposure situations will be one of the most important radiation protection challenges in the forthcoming years, notably in the field of radon and NORM. Furthermore, the feedback from the Fukushima accident has shown that the optimisation of exposures in emergency and post-accident situations is challenging.
There is still a need for the establishment and improvement of ALARA practices in the medical sector to keep pace with the development of new imaging techniques. The number of exposed individuals (both patients and practitioners) and the magnitude of the doses received (individual and collective) indicate that there is much more scope for ALARA.
The industrial radiography sector cannot be forgotten as it still shows high individual doses compare to other secores and reguarly feed the news with incidents. Optimisation, for example through the setting and use of dose constraints, and justification with respect to the choice of inspection technique, both need to be considered.
EAN can play a role in these sectors by influencing and evaluating the practical implementation of ALARA and helping with the diffusion of radiological protection culture. The Strategic Agenda should take these topics into accounts as well as favouring partnerships and collaborations with other concerned organisations.
EAN was a "fisrt-of-its-kind" network and its structure and management has since inspired several other networks. The Strategic Agenda is an opportunity to revisit the EAN model, the position, role and activities of the Network and to increase its visibility. Stakeholder involvement should be a constant theme, as well as the participation of the younger generation in the Network.
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Promotion of a practical implementation of ALARA
The need for, and significance of, applying the ALARA principle are stated in ICRP recommendations, as well as in European/International Basic Safety Standards, and in national regulations. It is the role of the radiation protection community to convert the ALARA principle into individual and collective acts and behaviours. There is still room for improving the practical implementation of ALARA and for reaching a better harmonisation in radiation protection policies and practices, at the European level.
Dissemination of ALARA culture
EAN must contribute to the definition, contextualisation, evolution and dissemination of ALARA culture by promoting the practical implementation of the ALARA principle in every sector of activity that imply a radiological risk for the workers or the public, in all exposure situations.
EAN is a non-institutional platform of radiation protection specialists, who do consider the feedback exchange through networking and co-operation as one of the most effective and efficient ways of improving the practical implementation of ALARA, in all sectors of activity.
Strategic Objectives of EAN for 2015-2020
Focus the work on key ALARA issues
- Encouraging relationships and partnerships with other concerned organisations on the challenging issues
- Organisatio of topical Workshops and production of recommendations and other relevant documents
- Elaboration of feedback documents from the Workshops and follow-up of recommendations
- Establishment of working groups on challenging issues, by the initiative of EAN Members or other organisations
Increase stakeholder involvement
- Targeted invitations to the Workshops and encourage participation of stakeholders to EAN activities.
- Promote the involvement of new, or poorly represented, stakeholders such as manufacturers, employers, employees and representatives of the public
Involvement of the younger generation in the Network
- Set up a mentoring scheme for new members
- Promotion of the Workshops participation for possible new members
- Participation of possible new members through EAN activities
Communication and visibility
- Publication in scientific journals (nuclear, medical and safety-related journals)
- Promotion of the Network through social media
- EAN attendance and presentations at national and international conferences and other events