International Radiation Protection Association

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International Radiation Protection Association
Formation 19 June 1965
Renate Czarwinski

The International Radiation Protection Association, IRPA, was formed on June 19, 1965 during a meeting in Los Angeles.[1] Membership includes 49 radiation protection societies covering 61 countries, totaling approximately 18,000 individual members.

As an international association for the protection from radiation, its aims are promoting excellence in the practice of radiation protection through national and regional associate societies and radiation protection professionals, by providing benchmarks of good practice and enhancing professional competence and networking.

IRPA's primary purpose is to permit better communication between those engaged in radiation protection activities in all countries, and through this process advance radiation protection in many parts of the world.

IRPA organizes international meetings for exchanges around radiation protection, among which the International Congresses of IRPA itself, held about every four years since 1966.


International policy relationships in radiological protection

The creation of IRPA results from ten years of activities and reunions towards the formation of an international society for the protection against atomic radiations. The initial organism, the Health Physics Society established "Sections" to implement a mechanism through which countries could found their own sub-organization. The first section formed was France's in 1961, Japan and the United Kingdom following in 1962 and 1963.[2]

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  1. ^ "International Radiation Protection Association official website, "History"". Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Geoffrey Webb (April 2011). "The History of IRPA - up to the millennium" (PDF). Journal of Radiological Protection 31 (2): 177–204. Bibcode:2011JRP....31..177W. doi:10.1088/0952-4746/31/2/R01. 

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