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Controllable Dose: A Discussion on the Control of Individual Doses from Single Sources

Editor's Note:

The following discussion paper, written by Roger H. Clarke, is the subject of much discussion currently within the Health Physics Society (HPS). Clarke's interesting new radiation protection approach as outlined in this paper is being distributed by the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) to its member societies (which includes the HPS) at the request of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP).

Click here to view or download the discussion paper, "Controllable Dose: A Discussion on the Control of Individual Doses from Single Sources. (PDF: 31,419 bytes)

ICRP is considering a consolidation or recapitulation of its 1990 Recommendations, that is, Publication 60. Its proposals are for a different, less complex approach to radiation protection. According to Clarke, a major question is whether ICRP should develop an individual-based protection philosophy as outlined in the following paper.

HPS President Keith Dinger is asking for input from HPS members on this proposal. The HPS Scientific and Public Issues Committee will prepare a Society response which will be presented at the IRPA-10 meeting in Hiroshima in May 2000. It is expected that IRPA member societies will have a special meeting to discuss the proposal. Send your comments to:

Keith Dinger
23 Prospect St.
Somersworth, NH 03878-2708.
Fax: 603-692-3760

For more information on this topic, see the Guest Editorial by Clarke and other commentaries on the subject in the April HPS Newletter.

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