Title: EU normative framework and standards of radiological protection in medicine

Authors: Anna Sukhova

Addresses: Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento, P.zza Martiri della Liberta, 33, 56127 Pisa, Italy; M. Hrinchenka Str. 4, Regus Horizon Park, Office 103, Kyiv 03038, Ukraine

Abstract: This paper examines the normative framework of the European Union (EU) and member states in the field of radioprotection of individuals undergoing medical exposure, in the light of harmonisation on the basis of the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or EURATOM) directives and enforcement at the national level. It discusses to what extent medical standards in radioprotection vary in member states, and analyses the factors determining differences in national laws and regulations adopted in this area. Bearing in mind the emerging challenges for medical practices in radiology and nuclear medicine, on the one hand, and the implicit limitations of the direct regulation, on the other hand, we will argue that the law can stimulate self-organisation within the healthcare environment and induce the operators on the floor to self-reflective performance, in order to enhance the quality of services and to minimise radiological risks.

Keywords: medical exposure; nuclear law; radiological protection; medical standards; radioprotection; radiological risks; Directive 97/43/Euratom; quality assurance; quality control; safety culture; radiology; nuclear medicine.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNUCL.2009.032289

International Journal of Nuclear Law, 2009 Vol.2 No.4, pp.334 - 345

Available online: 26 Mar 2010 *

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