ABU DHABI, 8th November, 2018 (WAM) — National and international experts have convened on Thursday to discuss radiation protection issues related to nuclear industry, environment, medicine and radiological accidents and hammer out recommendation for better protection of the people at large.
The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, and the International Commission for Radiological Protection, ICRP, co-organised the first Middle East event titled, ‘Radiation Protection Week’ from 8th through 15th November 2018 at Khalifa University for Science and Technology.
Over 150 national and international participants representing entities specialised in radiation protection will take part in the event, including 24 expert ICRP Members from 14 countries such as USA, Canada, Japan and France and others.
The six-day event will allocate each day to discuss specific themes such as day three will address radiological protection in the nuclear industry, while day four will have a detailed discussion on radiological protection in medicine, where experts will discuss current issues in medical imaging and patients’ dose optimisation.
It will also witness the launch of the FANR’s first ‘Radiological Environmental Monitoring Programme Report’, which is the first of its kind to be published in the country, illustrating efforts of FANR in monitoring environmental radiation. The report provides independent measurements confirming levels of radiation in the environment of the UAE prior to the operation of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant. The report enhances UAE national infrastructure in the area of radiological environmental monitoring.
“We are delighted to host the first of its kind event in the Middle East with our strategic partner the International Commission for Radiological Protection. The Radiation Protection Week will act as a platform to develop international radiological protection infrastructure not only in the UAE, but regionally and internationally. It will also help strengthen cooperation in this sector to ensure the protection of the people and the environment alike,” said Christer Viktorsson, Director-General of the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR.
FANR in late 2017 signed a second collaboration agreement with the ICRP which covers the period 2018-2020, and encompasses different activities in the UAE, such as scientific conferences, the organisation of the first Radiation Protection Week, as well as support to research and other development activities. ICRP is an international non-governmental organisation, with a mission to provide recommendations and authoritative guidance on radiation protection.