Euratom Compliance

Are you ready for
Euratom compliance?
 

 

 

 

6 February, 2018 is fast approaching. On that date, radiation dose management provisions defined by the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) must be fully implemented by member states of the European Union.


In 2013, Euratom issued Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom, which lays down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionizing radiation. This new directive supersedes previous directives and significantly impacts radiology departments across Europe.

 

The standards defined in Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom are based on recommendations from ICRP and are comparable to the IAEA (International) basic safety standards for radiation safety. To be in compliance, your institution must be ready to meet these new standards by 6 February, 2018.

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What has changed?


The new directive brings into sharper focus several areas of radiation dose management with exam justification, dose optimization, clinical responsibility, and dose reporting being the most significant.

You and your staff can take control of patient and staff radiation exposure by managing the effects of:

 

Diagnostic reference levels

Diagnostic reference levels

Diagnostic reference levels and the role of medical physics experts are specified in more detail

Dose limits for eye lens

X-ray dose limit

X-ray dose limit to the eye lens have been lowered – guided by the ICRP

Role of the medical physics expert

Roles & responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities for radiation safety have been more clearly defined

Reporting of patient dose

Reporting education

Reporting, education, and training are emphasized

Highlights of the important elements?


Following is a high-level summary of those areas that require attention from radiology departments.

 

Enable dose management across your organization
 

DoseWise Portal is a vendor-agnostic, web-based solution that collects, measures, analyzes, and reports patient & staff radiation exposure, assisting you to take control of quality of care, efficiency, and patient/staff safety.

Your course of action
 

These changes will require Member States, the radiology community and the industry to adapt regulations, practices and equipment for a high standard of radiation safety. By 6 February 2018, the Directive has to be transposed into the national legislation of the Member States of the European Union.”1

 

- European Society of Radiation (ESR)

Every EU member state will implement the directive in its own way. Your individual institution may have already begin the path to compliance. If this is not true, and you are unsure of the status of the process, please contact your local regulatory/legislative authorities.

For specific questions regarding radiation safety compliance in the Netherlands, please contact our Dutch Radiation Protection Expert:

 

Sandra van den Eeden at Sandra.van.den.eeden@philips.com

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References
 

European Society of Radiation (ESR), Summary of the European Directive 2013/59/Euratom: essentials for health professionals in radiology, Insights Imaging (2015) 6:411–417