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European guidance

The main objective of WP3 was the development of European Guidance on radiation protection training of medical professionals containing appropriate recommendations on harmonisation in this field.

The outcomes of the study (WP1) as well as the discussions at the workshop (WP2) formed the basis for the European Guidance. In addition, the consortium took into account the relevant documents issued by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Expert Advisory Panel, including representatives of these organisations was invited to contribute to the elaboration of the guidance.

The guidance includes general recommendations on radiation protection training of medical professionals and a proposal for detailed “standard” syllabuses for the radiation protection training of different categories of medical professionals involved in different fields of applications of ionizing radiation in medicine (based on the appropriate level of knowledge, skills and competences). Modern teaching modalities such as e-learning are considered in the recommendations. Special attention is given to radiation protection training of medical doctors, radiographers, etc. in view of the expected differences in training programmes between Member States. Another focus is put on the training of exposed pregnant or breastfeeding workers and residents as well as on the training of medical professionals regarding exposure of children and pregnant/breastfeeding patients.

The consortium proposes recommendations for the accreditation process in radiation protection training as well as for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in radiation protection after qualification and after implementation of new techniques or equipment.

The European Guidance on radiation protection training of medical professionals is available here.