Radiation Protection Subcommittee

The ESR Radiation Protection Subcommittee is charged with setting up a global programme of medical radiation dose reduction, incorporating dose tracking, and contributes to the development of clinical decision support and professional training. It keeps abreast of all national and European initiatives regarding radiation protection, and liaises with national societies, the ESR’s Department of EU Affairs and other partners to help ensure the success of these initiatives.

In addition, the Radiation Protection Subcommittee oversees EuroSafe Imaging, the ESR's campaign to promote radiation protection and quality & safety in medical imaging.

Basic Safety Standards

Euratom Directive

The Euratom Basic Safety Standards Directive (2013/59/Euratom) sets safety standards for exposure to ionising radiation. The 2013 directive represents a significant overhaul of radiation protection legislation in the EU, consolidating a number of separate directives (including directive 97/43/Euratom on medical exposures) into a single piece of legislation.

The BSS directive sets out rules regarding justification, patient information, dose recording and reporting, diagnostic reference levels and the delineation of responsibilities of health professionals. The transposition period for the directive ends in May 2018, by which time all EU member states must have implemented the directive in national legislation.

Led by the Radiation Protection Subcommittee, the ESR developed a summary of the BSS directive that includes the essentials for diagnostic radiology.

International Basic Safety Standards

The IAEA has adopted non-binding international basic safety standards in cooperation with a number of organisations including the WHO and the European Commission. The current international guidance document for radiation protection was published in 2014.

EuroSafe Imaging – Together for Patient Safety

EuroSafe Imaging is the ESR's flagship initiative for radiation protection and quality & safety in medical imaging. Launched at the European Congress of Radiology 2014, the campaign has attracted the support of more than 51,000 'Friends of EuroSafe Imaging', including over 200 institutional supporters.

The ESR Radiation Protection Subcommittee oversees EuroSafe Imaging. The subcommittee is charged with setting up a global programme of medical radiation dose reduction, incorporating dose tracking, and contributes to the development of clinical decision support and professional training. It keeps abreast of all national and European initiatives regarding radiation protection, and liaises with national societies and other partners to help ensure the success of these initiatives.

EuroSafe Imaging

Mission and Objectives

Mission

EuroSafe Imaging is the European Society of Radiology's flagship initiative to promote quality and safety in medical imaging.

The mission of EuroSafe Imaging is to support and strengthen medical radiation protection across Europe following a holistic, inclusive approach.

Objectives

  • Promoting appropriateness in radiological imaging
  • Maintaining radiation doses within diagnostic reference levels
  • Promoting the use of up-to-date equipment
  • Using the 'as low as reasonably achievable' principle to further reduce doses while maintaining image quality
  • Improving communication with patients

EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action

The European Society of Radiology and the EuroSafe Imaging Steering Committee have issued the EuroSafe Imaging Call for Action, a 12-point action plan to achieve EuroSafe Imaging’s objectives.

By implementing the actions, EuroSafe Imaging will significantly contribute to achieving the aims in the ten priority areas of the Bonn Call for Action.

Call for Action

CfA Achievements

ESR Supporting Members

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