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Overview of EU radiation protection legislation

Overview of EU radiation protection legislation

The full texts of all EU-level provisions currently valid in radiation protection can be found through the links below.

Basic safety standards

2013/59/EURATOM
Council Directive of 5 December 2013 laying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation, and repealing Directives 89/618/Euratom, 90/641/Euratom, 96/29/Euratom, 97/43/Euratom and 2003/122/Euratom. (OJ L-13 of 17/01/2014 page 1)

Replacing the following legislation:

96/29/EURATOM
Council Directive of 13 May 1996 laying down basic safety standards for the health protection of the general public and workers against the dangers of ionizing radiation. (OJ L-159 of 29/06/96 page 1)

98/C133/03
Communication from the Commission concerning the implementation of Council Directive 96/29/Euratom. (OJ C-133 of 30/04/98 page 3)

97/43/EURATOM
Council Directive of 30 June 1997 on health protection of individuals against the dangers of ionizing radiation in relation to medical exposure, and repealing Directive 84/466/EURATOM. (OJ L-180 of 09/07/97 page 22)

90/641/EURATOM
Council Directive of 4 December 1990 on the operational protection of outside workers exposed to the risk of ionizing radiation during their activities in controlled areas. (OJ L-349 of 13/12/90 page 21)

2003/122/EURATOM
Council Directive of 22 December 2003 on the control of high-activity sealed radioactive sources and orphan sources. (OJ L-346 of 31/12/2003 pages 57-64)

Standard record sheet for High-Activity Sealed Sources (HASS)  [78 KB] ( Excel format  [23 KB] )

Competent authorities referred to in Council Directive 2003/122/EURATOM on the control of high-activity sealed radioactive sources and orphan sources  [111 KB]

90/143/EURATOM
Commission Recommendation of 21 February 1990 on the protection of the public against indoor exposure to radon. (OJ L-80 of 27/03/90 page 26)

Drinking water

2013/51/EURATOM

Council Directive of 22 October 2013 laying down requirements for the protection of the health of the general public with regard to radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption. (OJ L-296 of 07/11 2013, page 12)

2001/928/EURATOM
Commission Recommendation of 20 December 2001 on the protection of the public against exposure to radon in drinking water supplies. (OJ L-344 of 28/12/2001 page 85)

Information

2005/844/EURATOM
Commission Decision of 25 November 2005 concerning the accession of the European Atomic Energy Community to the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident. (OJ L-314 of 30/11/2005 pages 21-22)

2005/845/EURATOM
Commission Decision of 25 November 2005 concerning the accession of the European Atomic Energy Community to the Convention on Assistance in the case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency. (OJ L-314 of 30/11/2005 pages 27-34)

89/618/EURATOM
Council Directive of 27 November 1989 on informing the general public about health protection measures to be applied and steps to be taken in the event of a radiological emergency. (OJ L-357 of 07/12/89 page 31)

91/C103/03
Commission Communication on the implementation of Council Directive 89/618/EURATOM. (OJ C-103 of 19/04/91 page 12)

87/600/EURATOM
Council Decision of 14 December 1987 on Community arrangements for the early exchange of information in the event of a radiological emergency. (OJ L-371 of 30/12/87 page 76)

Contamination of foodstuffs and feedingstuffs-  Post-Chernobyl

733/2008/EC
Council Regulation No 733/2008 of 15 July 2008 on the conditions governing imports of agricultural products originating in third countries following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power station (codified version); Council Regulation (EC) No 1048/2009 extends its validity until 31 March 2020). (OJ L-201 of 30/07/2008, page 1)

1048/2009/EC
Council Regulation No 1048/2009 of 23 October 2009 amending Regulation (EC) No 733/2008 on the conditions covering imports of agricultural products originating in third countries following the accident of the Chernobyl nuclear power station. (OJ L-290 of 06/11/2009, page 4)

1635/2006/EC
Commission Regulation No 1635/2006 of 6 November 2006 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EEC) No 737/90 on the conditions governing imports of agricultural products originating in third countries following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power-station. (OJ L-306 of 07/11/2006 page 3)

1609/2000/EC
Commission Regulation No 1609/2000/EC of 24 July 2000 establishing a list of products excluded from the application of Council Regulation (EEC) No 737/90 on the conditions governing imports of agricultural products originating in third countries following the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power station. (OJ L-185 of 25/07/2000, page 27)

274/2003/EC
Commission Recommendation No 274/2003 of 14 April 2003 on the protection and information of the public with regard to exposure resulting from the continued radioactive cesium contamination of certain wild food products as a consequence of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power station. OJ L-99 of 17/04/2003 page 55, amended by corrigendum published in OJ L-109 of 01/05/2003 page 27

List of Customs Offices in which products listed in Annex I of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1635/2006 (1) may be declared for free circulation in the European Community (OJ C-262 of 29/09/2010, page 13)

Future accidents

2016/52/EURATOM

Council Regulation (Euratom) 2016/52 of 15 January 2016 laying down maximum permitted levels of radioactive contamination of food and feed following a nuclear accident or any other case of radiological emergency, and repealing Regulation (Euratom) No 3954/87 and Commission Regulations (Euratom) No 944/89 and (Euratom) No 770/90. (OJ L-13 of 20/1/2016 page 2)

Commission recommendations

91/444/EURATOM
Commission Recommendation of 26 July 1991 on the application of the third and fourth paragraphs of Article 33 of the Euratom Treaty. (OJ L-238 of 27/08/91 page 31)

2010/635/EURATOM
Commission Recommendation of 11 October 2010 on the application of Article 37 of the Euratom Treaty. (OJ L-279 of 23/10/10 page 36)

2000/473/EURATOM
Commission Recommendation of 8 June 2000 on the application of Article 36 of the Euratom Treaty concerning the monitoring of the levels of radioactivity in the environment for the purpose of assessing the exposure of the population as a whole. (OJ L-191 of 27/07/2000 page 37)

2004/2/EURATOM
Commission Recommendation of 18 December 2003 on standardised information on radioactive airborne and liquid discharges into the environment from nuclear power reactors and reprocessing plants in normal operation. (OJ L-002 of 06/01/2004 page 36)

Commission communication – Article 35

Communication concerning: "Verification of environmental radioactivity monitoring facilities under the terms of the EURATOM Treaty. Practical arrangements for the conduct of verification visits in Member States." (OJ C-155 of 04/07/2006 page 2)