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Radiation Protection – Basic Safety Standards

Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom is laying down basic safety standards against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation. The directive includes specific requirements that apply to exposure to radiation for medical purposes to protect the health of patients, employees and the general public from the dangers of exposure to ionising radiation.

The new BSS has introduced and changed a number of requirements that affect healthcare professionals in radiology, for example regarding justification of exposure, patient information, responsibilities for radiation safety, dose reporting, and diagnostic reference levels.

The four-year transition period ended on February 6, 2018. Thus, EU member states must have transposed the directive into national laws and regulations, and imaging departments need to comply with these new rules.

EuroSafe Imaging is providing guidance and practical tools to help you comply with the BSS Directive. For further details, please click the following links:


The most relevant changes for medical imaging are summarised here and read the article Summary of the European Directive 2013/59/Euratom published by the ESR in 2015 here.