European Governance in nuclear
EURATOM Supply Agency
Publications and Reports
The overall objective is to protect the health of exposed
workers and members of the public against the dangers arising from ionising
radiation, resulting from practices using radiation or radioactive
substances e.g. medical and industrial applications as well as the nuclear fuel
In addition to natural radiation sources, artificial
radioactivity is present in the environment, in particular as a result of
effluents from nuclear installations, fallout from weapons testing and from
The following main areas are covered by the activities of the
Radiation Protection unit
exposure of the public
emergency preparedness and response
environmental monitoring and assessment
education, information and training.
resulting from, for example, microwave appliances, GSMs and high tension
electrical grids is the responsibility of DG SANCO (in general) and DG EMPL (working
place), also based in Luxembourg.
The main activities of our unit are the
To propose and to implement Community legislation in
respect of radiation protection issues, and to coordinate this work through
meetings of independent experts.
To check the legal and operational implementation of
To draw up Basic Safety Standards for the protection of
workers and the general public.
To verify that Member States perform their statutary duties
in respect of obligatory monitoring of environmental radioactivity.
To provide a system of rapid information exchange in case
of nuclear incidents.
To ensure implementation of maximum permitted levels of
radioactivity in foodstuffs laid down after the Chernobyl accident and the
introduction of similar levels in case of a future accident
To discuss radiation protection issues in meetings of