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EU legal framework for high-activity sealed sources and orphan sources (HASS Directive) 

EU has specific legislation to prevent exposure of workers and the public to ionising radiation arising from inadequate control of high-activity sealed radioactive sources and orphan sources. The purpose of the Directive is to harmonise controls in place in Member States by defining specific requirements to ensure that each such source is kept under control. The requirements are closely linked to the IAEA Code of Conduct on the safety and security of radioactive sources and its related guidance.

The EU legal framework on high-activity sealed sources and orphan sources consists of the following:

Implementation of the HASS Directive 

As part of the EU CBRN Action plan, the EC has assessed the current status of radioactive sources in the EU, resulting in a study on the current status of radioactive sources in the EU, on the origin and the consequences of the loss of control over radioactive sources and on successful strategies concerning the detection and recovery of orphan sources. zip - 3 MB [3 MB]  

Implementation of the Council Regulation 1493/93/EURATOM  

As part of the EU CBRN Action plan, the EC has assessed the current status of radioactive shipment procedures between Member States and between Member States and non-EU countries, resulting in a study on the implementation of the IAEA guidance on the import and export of radioactive sources by the EU Member States and on the need and feasibility to draw up common EU criteria for authorising import and export from and to third countries. pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]  

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