General guidelines for the assessment of internal dose from monitoring data: progress of the IDEAS project

Hans Doerfel, A. Andrasi, M. Bailey, E. Blanchardon, R. Cruz-Suarez, V. Berkovski, C.-M. Castellani, Christian Hurtgen, B. LeGuen, I. Malatova, J. Marsh, J. Stather, J. Zeger, Freddy Verrezen

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    In recent major international intercomparison exercises on intake and internal dose assessments from monitoring data, the results calculated by different participants varied significantly. Based on this experience the need for harmonisation of the procedures has been formulated within an EU 5th Framework Programme research project. The aim of the project, IDEAS, is to develop general guidelines for standardising assessments of intakes and internal doses. The IDEAS project started in October 2001 and ended in June 2005. The project is closely related to some goals of the work of Committee 2 of the ICRP and since 2003 there has been close cooperation between the two groups. To ensure that the guidelines are applicable to a wide range of practical situations, the first step was to compile a database of well-documented cases of internal contamination. In parallel, an improved version of an existing software package was developed and distributed to the partners for further use. A large number of cases from the database was evaluated independently by the partners and the results reviewed. Based on these evaluations, guidelines were drafted and discussed with dosimetry professionals from around the world by means of a virtual workshop on the Internet early in 2004.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-22
    JournalRadiation protection dosimetry
    Issue number1-4
    StatePublished - 1 Apr 2007

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