PRINCIPLES

Radiological protection professionals should endeavour to:

1. Identify opportunities for engagement and ensure the level of engagement is proportionate to the nature of the radiation protection issues and their context.

2. Initiate the process as early as possible, and develop a sustainable implementation plan.

3. Enable an open, inclusive and transparent stakeholder engagement process.

4. Seek out and involve relevant stakeholders and experts.

5. Ensure that the roles and responsibilities of all participants, and the rules for cooperation are clearly defined

6. Collectively develop objectives for the stakeholder engagement process, based on a shared understanding of issues and boundaries.

7. Develop a culture which values a shared language and understanding, and favours collective learning.

8. Respect and value the expression of different perspectives.

9. Ensure a regular feedback mechanism is in place to inform and improve current and future stakeholder engagement processes.

10. Apply the IRPA Code of Ethics in their actions within these processes to the best of their knowledge.

GUIDANCE

Principle 1

Identify opportunities for engagement and ensure the level of engagement is proportionate to the nature of the radiation protection issues at stake and their context.

The primary purpose of engagement is to contribute to decision making on radiological protection measures so that;

• the measures are more widely understood and respected;

• the measures are optimal and work in practice across a broad range of foreseeable situations;

• the measures are tailored to the local context (social, economic, environmental etc);

• the measures will continue to be effective and have credibility for some reasonable period of time.

Engagement will add real value to the decision-aiding process and its outcome but its extent and nature need to be proportionate to the radiation protection



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