WP7: Writing of guidance to support the implementation of E&T requirements for RPE and RPO as defined in the Euratom BSS

Objectives

The objective of this WP is to facilitate the implementation of the new requirements for RPE and RPO in Member States and to help ensuring a consistent approach throughout the European Union.

Description of Work

The (revised) Euratom BSS Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom lays down specific requirements for the Radiation Protection Expert (RPE) and for the Radiation Protection Officer (RPO).  Member States must translate the goals and requirements that it lays down into their national legislation within a defined period of time. 

Experience has shown that, even though the specific requirement in a European Directive may be quite clear, there can be widely varying approaches to the interpretation of those requirements and implementation in practice.  This was well illustrated by the different interpretations of the “Qualified Expert” in the previous BSS and the consequential varying approaches to E&T which prompted much of the work undertaken in ENETRAP and ENETRAP II and has led, in part, to the introduction of the concepts of RPE and RPO in the Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom.

It is considered that the availability of clear and substantive guidance on how the new requirements for RPE and RPO would be best implemented  in Member States would be of value, not only in facilitating the implementation of the requirements across Europe, but in helping to ensure a consistent approach.  It is the intention in this work package to produce such guidance which will address all key issues for RPE and RPO, that is:

  • adoption of requirements into legislation; 
  • intended roles/functions/duties of RPE and RPO;
  • required infrastructures and mechanism for recognition (RPE);
  • suitability and competence requirements (RPE and RPO);
  • appropriate education and training (including determination of learning outcomes, EQF level, etc.).

The guidance proposed in this WP will complement the guidance being developed in the medical field by facilitating the implementation of the new requirements for RPE and RPO in Member States and helping to ensure a consistent approach throughout the European Union.

In this WP, a close collaboration with HERCA, EC DG ENERGY and the Art. 31 Group of Experts will lead to an official publication of the new guidelines for the implementaion of E&T schemens for RPE and RPO.

Deliverables

D 7.1   Guidance document to support the implementation of E&T requirements for RPE*
D 7.2   Guidance document to support the implementation of E&T requirements for RPO*

* An updated version of this document is available on the EUTERP website.