[Reporting and information system for significant events related to radiation exposures in medicine: Structure, responsibilities and reporting criteria]
Zeitschrift fur medizinische Physik | 20 Dec 2018
G Brix, J Griebel and R Czarwinski
The increasing frequency and complexity of medical radiation exposures to humans inevitably result in higher risks of harmful unintended or accidental radiation exposures. To ensure a high level of protection and its continuous improvement, the Directive 2013/59/Euratom thus requires to systematically record and analyze both events and near-miss events as well as, in the case of their significance, to disseminate information regarding lessons learned from these events promptly and nationwide to improve radiation protection in medicine. These requirements have been transposed into German legislation by the new radiation protection law and radiation protection ordinance that entered into force simultaneously on December 31th, 2018. The reporting and information system as provided by these regulations as well as the tasks, duties and powers of the parties involved are presented in the first part of this review article. In the second part, the established application-specified criteria for the significance - and thus the notification requirement - of (near-miss) events are itemized and explicated.
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