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Regional Workshop on the BSS, Moscow, May 2014

The second IAEA Regional Workshop for the European Region on the implementation of the IAEA General Safety Requirements Part 3: Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards (the BSS) took place in Moscow, Russian Federation from 19-23 May 2014. The workshop was organized by the IAEA and hosted by the Federal Medical and Biological Agency of Russia (FMBA). The Deputy Director General of Burnazyan Federal Medical and Biophysical Centre of Russia, Ms Natalia Shandala, opened the workshop and welcomed the 52 participants from 15 IAEA Member States: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and The Russian Federation.

The workshop covered the following topics:

  • Control of medical exposures (general requirements, diagnostic and intervention radiology, and radiotherapy)
  • New dose limit to the lens of the eye and dose constraints
  • Emergency exposure situations
  • Regulatory control of NORM
  • Radioactive Waste Management
  • National radon strategies
  • Consumer products

The workshop was highly interactive and took the form of a short overview presentation on each topic, followed by a general discussion. Working groups were established to discuss specific scenarios and examples. The scenarios were further discussed in plenary session which included all participants.


The participants took advantage of the opportunity to address and discuss some gaps in the coverage of topical areas in existing Safety Guides and the BSS and their implementation into national practice. Issues of particular interest included the practical implementation of the new dose limit for the lens of the eye, radiation protection and dosimetry of pulsed medical diagnostic exposure, numerical values provided by the BSS for radionuclides exemption levels, the necessity of technical guidance on NORM in building materials and surface radioactive contamination of human skin. Emphasis was also placed on the importance of education in radiation protection.

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