The European Radiation Dosimetry Group has carried out several different types of intercomparison (IC) exercises in the past that qualify as proficiency tests for different dosimetry systems and types of radiation. The first neutron dosemeter IC was held in 2012 (IC2012n) and was followed by a second in 2017/2018 (IC2017n). In sum, 31 Individual Monitoring Services (IMSs) entered 34 dosimetry systems in IC2012n, and 32 IMSs entered 33 dosimetry systems for IC2017n. Such exercises provided a rare opportunity to see how neutron dosemeters perform. For the IC2012n exercise, there were no applicable performance standards for neutron personal dosemeters. ISO/TC85/SC2 updated the ISO Standard 14146 in 2018 (ISO 14146:2018. Radiation protection—Criteria and performance limits for the periodic evaluation of dosimetry services) to include neutron dosimetry. It was thus possible to analyse the IC2017n exercise in accordance with the requirements given by this new standard. It is now of interest to reanalyse the results of IC2012n to quantify any modifications to the conclusions.
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- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health