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 50 Associate Societies covering 65 countries, totaling approximately 18,000 individual members.

The primary purpose of IRPA is to provide a medium whereby those engaged in radiation protection activities in all countries may communicate more readily with each other and through this process advance radiation protection in many parts of the world. This includes relevant aspects of such branches of knowledge as science, medicine, engineering, technology and law, to provide for the protection of man and his environment from the hazards caused by radiation, and thereby to facilitate the safe use of medical, scientific, and industrial radiological practices for the benefit of mankind.

IRPA organizes international meetings for exchanges between radiation protection professionals. The main events are the IRPA International Congresses of IRPA held 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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