International Radiation Protection Association

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International Radiation Protection Association
Formation19 June 1965
Bernard le Guen
Christopher Clement

The International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) is an independent non-profit association of national and regional radiation protection societies, and its mission is to advance radiation protection throughout the world. It is the international professional association for radiation protection.[1]

IRPA is recognized by the IAEA as a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) and is an observer on the IAEA Radiation Safety Standards Committee (RASSC).[2]

IRPA was formed on June 19, 1965, at a meeting in Los Angeles; stimulated by the desire of radiation protection professionals to have a world-wide body. Membership includes 50 Associate Societies covering 65 countries, totaling approximately 18,000 individual members.[3][4]

International policy relationships in radiological protection


The General Assembly, made up of representatives from the Associate Societies, is the representative body of the Association. It delegates authority to the Executive Council for the efficient administration of the affairs of the Association.

Specific duties are carried out by IRPA Commissions, Committees, Task Groups and Working Groups:

  • Commission on Publications
  • Societies Admission and Development Committee
  • International Congress Organising Committee
  • International Congress Programme Committee
  • Montreal Fund Committee
  • Radiation Protection Strategy and Practice Committee
  • Regional Congresses Co-ordinating Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • Sievert Award Committee
  • Task Group on Security of Radioactive Sources
  • Task Group on Public Understanding of Radiation Risk
  • Working Group on Radiation Protection Certification and Qualification

Associate societies[edit]

The following is a list of the 50 Associate Societies (covering 65 countries):

State Member Organisation Date of membership[5]
 Argentina Sociedad Argentina de Radioprotección 1966
Australasian Australasian Radiation Protection Society

( Australia &  New Zealand)

1976 for Australia

1999 for Australasian

 Austria Österreichischer Verband für Strahlenschutz 1966
 Belgium Belgian Association for Radiological Protection 1965
 Brazil Sociedade Brasileira de Proteção Radiológica 1989
 Bulgaria Bulgarian Association of Radiobiology and Radiation Protection 2007
 Cameroon Cameroon Radiological Protection Society 2013
 Canada Canadian Radiation Protection Association 1979
 China Chinese Society of Radiation Protection 1989
 Colombia Asociación Colombiana de Protección Radiológica 2008
 Croatia Croatian Radiation Protection Association 1992
 Cuba Cuban Physics Society, Radiation Protection Section 1997
 Cyprus Cyprus Association of Medical Physics and BioMeedical Engineering 1992
 Czech Republic Czech Society for Radiation Protection 1968
Eastern Africa Eastern Africa Association for Radiation Protection

( Burundi,  Ethiopia,  Kenya,  Rwanda,  Somalia,  Tanzania,  Uganda)

 Egypt IRPA Egypt Radiation Protection 1992
 France Société Française de Radioprotection 1965
German-Swiss German-Swiss Association for Radiation Protection

( Germany &  Switzerland)

 Ghana Ghana Association for Radiation Protection 2016
 Greece Greek Radiation Protection Association 1988
 Hungary Health Physics Section of the Roland Eötvös Physical Society 1966
 India Indian Association for Radiation Protection 1969
 Iran Iranian Radiation Protection Society 2011
 Ireland Irish Radiation Research Society 1984
 Israel Israel Society for Radiation Protection 1965
 Italy Associazione Italiana di Radioprotezione 1965
 Japan Japan Health Physics Society 1965
 Korea Korean Society for Radiation Protection [ko] 1976
 Lithuania Radiacines saugos centras 2002
 Madagascar Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires 1999
 Malaysia Malaysian Radiation Protection Association 2006
 Mexico Sociedad Mexicana de Seguridad Radiológica 1976
 Morocco Association Marocaine de Radioprotection 2004
 Netherlands Nederlandse Vereniging voor Stralingshygiëne 1965
 Nigeria Nigeria Society for Radiation Protection 2016
Nordic Nordic Society for Radiation Protection

( Denmark,  Finland,  Iceland,  Norway,  Sweden)

 Peru Sociedad Peruana de Radioproteccion 1989
 Philippines Philippine Association for Radiation Protection 1966
 Poland Polskie Towarzystwo Fizyki Medycznej 1970
 Portugal Sociedade Portuguesa De Protecção Contra Radiacoes 1995
 Romania Societatea Romana De Radioprotectie 1992
 Russia Sectiya Radiazionnoy Gigieny of Russia 1972
Serbia-Montenegro Radiation Protection Society of Serbia and Montenegro

( Serbia &  Montenegro)

 Slovak Republic Slovak Society of Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Hygiene 1995
 Slovenia Radiation Protection Association of Slovenia 1992
Southern Africa Southern African Radiation Protection Association

( South Africa,  Namibia,  Botswana)

 Spain Sociedad Española de Protección Radiológica[6] 1982
 Tunisia Tunisian Radiation Protection Society 2015
 United Kingdom Society for Radiological Protection 1965
 Uruguay Uruguayan Society of Radioprotection 1999
 USA Health Physics Society 1965
 Venezuela Sociedad Venezolana de Protección Radiológica 2012

List of International Congresses[edit]

The 2020 Congress (IRPA15) will be in Korea.

Past Congresses[edit]

IRPA 14 Cape Town, May 2016

IRPA 13 Glasgow, May 2012

IRPA 12 Buenos Aires, October 2008

IRPA 11 Madrid, May 2004

IRPA 10 Hiroshima, May 2000

IRPA 9 Vienna, April 1996

IRPA 8 Montreal, May 1992

IRPA 7 Sydney, April 1988

IRPA 6 Berlin, May 1984

IRPA 5 Jerusalem, March 1980

IRPA 4 Paris, April 1977

IRPA 3 Washington, September 1973

IRPA 2 Brighton, May 1970

IRPA 1 Rome, September 1966

International Cooperation[edit]

IRPA maintains relations with many other international organizations in the field of radiation protection, such as those listed here.

Inter-Governmental Organizations[edit]

IAEA- International Atomic Energy Agency
ILO- International Labour Organization
NEA- Nuclear Energy Agency
UNSCEAR- United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation
WHO- World Health Organisation

Non-Governmental Organizations[edit]

ICNIRP- International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection
ICRP- International Commission on Radiological Protection
ICRU- International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements
ISO- International Organization for Standardization

Professional Organizations[edit]

IOMP - International Organization for Medical Physics
ISR - International Society of Radiology
ISRO - International Society for Radiation Oncology
WFNMB - World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology


Rolf M. Sievert Award[edit]

Commencing with the 1973 IRPA Congress, each International Congress has been opened by the Sievert Lecture which is presented by the winner of the Sievert Award. This award is in honour of Rolf M. Sievert, a pioneer in radiation physics and radiation protection.

The Sievert Award consists of a suitable scroll, certificate or parchment, containing the name of the recipient, the date it is presented, and an indication that the award honours the memory of Professor Rolf M. Sievert.

The recipients of the Sievert Award are listed below:

  • 1973 Prof. Bo Lindell [sv] (Sweden), Radiation and Man Health Physics 31 (September), pp 265–272, 1976
  • 1977 Prof. W.V. Mayneord (United Kingdom), The Time Factor in Carcinogenesis Health Physics 34 (April), pp 297–309, 1978
  • 1980 Lauriston S. Taylor (USA), Some Nonscientific Influences on Radiation Protection Standards and Practice Health Physics 39 (December), pp 851–874, 1980
  • 1984 Sir Edward Pochin (United Kingdom), Sieverts and Safety Health Physics 46(6), pp 1173–1179, 1984
  • 1988 Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jacobi [de] (Germany), Environmental Radioactivity and Man Health Physics 55(6), pp 845–853, 1988
  • 1992 Dr. Giovanni Silini (Italy), Ethical Issues in Radiation Protection Health Physics 63(2), pp 139–148, 1992
  • 1996 Dr. Daniel Beninson (Argentina), Risk of Radiation at Low Doses Health Physics 71(2), pp 122–125, 1996
  • 2000 Prof. Dr. Itsuzo Shigematsu (Japan), Lessons from Atomic Bomb Survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Health Physics 78(3), pp 234–241, 2000
  • 2004 Dr. Abel J. Gonzalez (Argentina), Protecting Life against the Detrimental Effects Attributable to Radiation Exposure: Towards a Globally Harmonized Radiation Protection Regime Paper prepared for IRPA
  • 2008 Prof. Christian Streffer [de] (Germany), Radiological Protection: Challenges and Fascination of Biological Research Stralenschutz Praxis 2009/2, pp 35–45, 2009
  • 2012 Dr. Richard Osborne (Canada), A Story of T Lightly edited transcript of Dr. Osborne's lecture
  • 2016 Dr. John Boice (USA), How to Protect the Public When you Can't Measure the Risk - The Role of Radiation Epidemiology
  • 2020 Prof. Dr. Eliseo Vañó (Spain)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IRPA. "History of IRPA". International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA. IRPA. Retrieved 14 July 2017.)
  2. ^ IRPA EXECUTIVE COUNCIL REPORT FOR THE TERM 2012 – 2016. "IRPA Executive report 2012-2016" (PDF). IRPA. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  3. ^ "International Radiation Protection Association official website, More about IRPA". Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  4. ^ César (2023-01-13). "Sociedades científicas aconsejan minimizar la contaminación electromagnética del uso del móvil". Tercera Información (in Spanish). Retrieved 2023-01-15.
  5. ^ "IRPA - Admission of Associate Societies". Retrieved 2022-01-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Sociedad Española de Protección Radiológica

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