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Platforms and radiation protection

At the end of the 2000s, the European Commission tried to structure and coordinate Member States efforts in the field of research on risks associated with low doses expositions by creating several platforms, the activities of which CTE follows.

Published on 3 May 2022

Radiation protection research platforms

Created in 2011, the MELODI platform is the first radiation protection platform created in the European framework. MELODI is gathering all the radiation protection community in the low doses field (stakeholders, radiation protection organisations and national authorities). France is very actively involved in MELODI’s programmatic aspects.

The ALLIANCE (« European Radioecology ALLIANCE ») platform was put in place in 2013 to elaborate a long term vision on the needs in the radioecology field, which studies interactions between radioactive substances and the terrestrial (natural and semi natural) and marine environment.

Established in 2012, the EURADOS network (« European Radiation Dosimetry Group ») aims at supporting the scientific and technical research in the field of ionising radiations dosimetry at the European and international levels. This network is made of reference experts and laboratories in radiation protection, radiobiology, diagnostic and radiotherapy.

Put in place in 2017, NERIS (« European Platform on preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergency response and recovery ») aims to foster the European cooperation on preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergency response and recovery.

Radiation protection community structuration

Radiation protection stakeholders are organised within EURAMED (« European Alliance for Medical Radiation Protection Research ») which gathers associations involved in the field of ionising radiations use: the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), the European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (EFOMP), the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS), the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO). The objective is to jointly improve medical care and the issues related to the protection against ionising radiations.

A European Joint Project (EJP), CONCERT, was also launched in 2015 to strengthen the collaboration and the pooling of these stakeholders means.

Those diverse platforms and networks involved in the fields of radiation protection and of radiobiology put themselves together to propose several priorities which translated into calls for proposals.

This way, from 2014 until 2020, 6 research projects on radiation protection, including CONCERT, benefited from a subvention of almost 63 M€ from the European Commission. These projects gather around 20 French partners.