IRPA Guiding Principles for
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During the 11th Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) held in Madrid in May 2004 there were considerable discussions on the benefits of involving all relevant parties in the decision-making processes related to radiological protection. It was agreed that this involvement, briefly described as “Stakeholder Engagement”, should play an important and integral part in these processes. A need was identified for guidance to be produced to help radiation protection professionals to understand the objectives, requirements and demands of stakeholder engagement, encourage participation and provide a framework for establishing a constructive dialogue with other stakeholders.
As a result of these discussions a group of professionals from the French, Spanish and UK IRPA Associate Societies decided to collaborate in organising a series of workshops to exchange information especially on case studies of how stakeholder involvement had been carried out in different fields of radiation protection. The workshops were held in Salamanca, Spain, November 2005, Montbéliard, France, December 2006 and Oxford, UK, December 2007 and resulted in a draft version of the Guiding Principles. During the course of this development the progress was systematically reported to meetings of the IRPA Executive Council and at IRPA Regional Congresses (Paris, France in May 2006, Acapulco, Mexico in September 2006, Beijing, China in October 2006, Cairo, Egypt in April 2007 and Brasov, Romania in September 2007).
The draft version of the Guiding Principles was sent to all Associate Societies for comments in Spring 2008. After revision by the Executive Council the Guiding Principles were presented at the IRPA 12 Associate Societies Forum and, after discussion and with some amendments, endorsed by the Forum. The Guiding Principles were finally adopted formally on 18 October 2008 in Buenos Aires by the IRPA Executive Council.
These Guiding Principles are intended to aid members of IRPA Associate Societies in promoting the participation of all relevant parties in the process of reaching decisions involving radiological protection which may impact on the well being and quality of life of workers and members of the public, and on the environment. In promoting this approach, radiological protection professionals will aim to develop trust and credibility throughout the decision making process in order to improve the sustainability of any final decisions.