WP2: Organisation of “think-tank” activities and establishment of partnerships ensuring feedback from stakeholder

Objectives

The objective of WP2 is

  • o closely involve regulatory authorities who are supposed to provide the legal framework for implementing the roles and functions of RPE, RPO and MPE as well as the appropriate E&T requirements of the Euratom Basic Safety Standards.
  • to facilitate cooperation and exchange of information with technology and radiation research platforms, such as SNETP (nuclear safety), IG-DTP (geological disposal) and MELODI (low dose research), and other associations, networks and institutes, with respect to E&T. Such cooperation should help to ensure consistent and comparable approaches to radiation protection training activities, increase the adequacy and efficiency of the E&T content and delivery, and may promote and facilitate exchange of experts in several nuclear domains that can give added value to the courses.

Description of Work

Radiation protection is a science that forms the basis for the safe use of radiation. It is therefore not limited to specific fields such as nuclear engineering, geological disposal or low dose research, but is important in all areas where ionising radiation is used. In order to protect the health of all workers and the general public against the dangers arising from ionising radiation, the Council of the European Union has published the so called Euratom Basic Safety Standards (BSS). The revised BSS, Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom of December 5 2013, published on January 17 2014, clearly addresses three specific roles in radiation protection: the RPE, RPO and MPE.
ENETRAP III will focus on the first two, without overlooking the MPE who obviously shows similar E&T requirements.
It is clear that education and training of RPE, RPO and MPE forms an indispensable element that is embedded in an important legal framework. When dealing with E&T matters in RP, regulatory authorities consequently are one of the major stakeholders that can on the one hand make use of the research results of ENETRAP III and on the other hand give valuable related feedback.
In this WP we aim at setting up an end-users and consultancy group (CG), with participation from all relevant stakeholders, and we aim at the introduction of formal Q&A mechanisms in order to receive structured input and feedback from the CG to the project aims and deliverables.

Invitees to the CG:

In WP2, a Regulatory and End-users Consultancy Group (CG) will be established, of which HERCA, the art.31 Expert Group and EC DG ENEREGY will be important members. First contacts with these groups were are already made in the ENETRAP II project and the topic of this project is of great interest to these regulatory groups. Meanwhile HERCA has elaborated an E&T task force and is interested in further collaboration, as expressed in the letter of interest (see annex). Also EC DG ENERGY is interested in publishing guidance for the implmentation of E&T for RPE and RPO.
Furthermore, ENETRAP III will invite the three main technical Platforms to the CG. The EC technology and research Platforms, SNETP, IG-DTP and MELODI, all have an interest in building and maintaining competent workforces in their specific domains. Competence in radiation protection is a cross-cutting issue for all three platforms. Cooperation and information exchange between ENETRAP III and the Platforms can therefore be beneficial for all parties and the pioneering results of ENETRAP III can be made available and serve as examples for the approaches in other nuclear and radiation research domains.

Also EUTERP and EFOMP, which each have a solid understanding of the E&T issues in radiation protection for RPO and RPE on the one hand and for MPE in the medical area on the other hand, will contribute to ENETRAP III.

In addition, the CG will be open to other relevant stakeholders such as the coordinators of the 7FP E&T projects (like EUTEMPE-RX, PETRUS III, NUSHARE, etc.), representatives from organisations that deal with specific domains in radiation protection, such as EAN (European Alara Network), NERIS (), EURADOS (), etc., representatives from organisations dealing with HR and E&T in nuclear such as EHRO-N, the ECVET teams and the ENEN Association, and stakeholders from industry (for example via FORATOM and ENS).

To give an international character to the project results, IRPA and IAEA will contribute to the CG (see letter of interest in attachment), and other organisation such as for example OECD/NEA and the ABHP (American Board of Heath Physics) will be invited.

Input from all these stakeholders should allow ENETRAP III to organise “think tank” activities with the aim to anticipate future training needs and to support policies for continuous improvement of nuclear radiation protection and safety culture.

The CG members will have access to the project interim results. The CG meetings will be held in combination with the annual PC meetings and the project coordinator will set up regular communication with the CG members via e-mail and website.

Since conferences and workshops form ideal instruments for the dissemination of, and discussions about the project results, ENETRAP III will organise a dedicated CG/stakeholder meeting/workshop. The workshop will be set up as a two-way information exchange between the Consortium and the CG members and other relevant stakeholders.

Deliverables

D 2.1   Establishment of a Consultancy Group consisting of representatives of relevant stakeholders in E&T in RP, and describing the working programme (= tasks of the CG, composition and setting up meeting schedule)
D 2.2   Organisation of information exchange and CG meetings