International Radiation Protection Association

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International Radiation Protection Association
Formation 19 June 1965
Renate Czarwinski
Roger Coates
Vice-President Congress Affairs
Thiagan Pather

The International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) was formed on June 19, 1965 during a meeting in Los Angeles.[1] Membership includes 50 Associate Societies covering 65 countries, totaling approximately 18,000 individual members.


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 organization, 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]

At a meeting in Los Angeles the following societies were admitted:

  • Central European Society: Germany, Switzerland, Austria
  • Société Française de Radioprotection: France
  • Health Physics Society: USA and Canada
  • Societe Luxembourgeoise: Luxembourg.

so the formation date of IRPA was June 19, 1965.

Structure of the Organization[edit]

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):

Argentina Sociedad Argentina de Radioprotección
Australia & New Zealand Australasian Radiation Protection Society
Austria Österreichischer Verband für Strahlenschutz
Belgium Belgian Association for Radiological Protection
Brazil Sociedade Brasileira de Proteção Radiológica
Bulgaria Bulgarian Association of Radiobiology and Radiation Protection
Cameroon Cameroon Radiological Protection Society
Canada Canadian Radiation Protection Association
China Chinese Society of Radiation Protection
Colombia Asociación Colombiana de Protección Radiológica
Croatia Croatian Radiation Protection Association
Cuba Cuban Physics Society, Radiation Protection Section
Cyprus Cyprus Association of Medical Physics and BioMeedical Engineering
Czech Republic Czech Society for Radiation Protection
Eastern Africa Eastern Africa Association for Radiation Protection

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

Egypt IRPA Egypt Radiation Protection
France Société Française de Radioprotection
German-Swiss German-Swiss Association for Radiation Protection
Greece Greek Radiation Protection Association
Hungary Health Physics Section of the Roland Eötvös Physical Society
India Indian Association for Radiation Protection
Iran Iranian Radiation Protection Society
Ireland Irish Radiation Research Society
Israel Israel Society for Radiation Protection
Italy Associazione Italiana di Radioprotezione
Japan Japan Health Physics Society
Korea Korean Association for Radiation Protection
Lithuania Radiacines saugos centras
Madagascar Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires
Malaysia Malaysian Radiation Protection Association
Mexico Sociedad Mexicana de Seguridad Radiológica
Morocco Association Marocaine de Radioprotection
Netherlands Nederlandse Vereniging voor Stralingshygiëne
Nordic Nordic Society for Radiation Protection(Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden)
Peru Sociedad Peruana de Radioproteccion
Philippines Philippine Association for Radiation Protection
Poland Polskie Towarzystwo Fizyki Medycznej
Portugal Sociedade Portuguesa De Protecção Contra Radiacoes
Romania Societatea Romana De Radioprotectie
Russia Sectiya Radiazionnoy Gigieny of Russia
Serbia-Montenegro Radiation Protection Society of Serbia and Montenegro
Slovak Republic Slovak Society of Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Hygiene
Slovenia Radiation Protection Association of Slovenia
Southern Africa Southern African Radiation Protection Association(South Africa, Namibia, Botswana)
Spain Sociedad Española de Protección Radiológica
Tunisia Tunisian Radiation Protection Society
United Kingdom The Society for Radiological Protection
Uruguay Uruguayan Society of Radioprotection
USA Health Physics Society
Venezuela Sociedad Venezolana de Protección Radiológica

List of International Congresses[edit]

The 14th Congress of the International Radaition Protection Association will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa between 9–13 May 2016.

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 Labor Organisation
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

See also[edit]


  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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