Rationales and frameworks for stakeholder engagement in radiation protection in the medical field (Part 1), nuclear emergency and recovery preparedness and response (Part 2) and indoor radon exposure (Part 3): CONCERT-ENGAGE D9.85

Nadja Zeleznik, Catrinel Turcanu, Bieke Abelshausen, Tanja Perko, Gaston Meskens, Robbe Geysmans, Michiel Van Oudheusden, Christiane Pölzl-Viol, Marie Claire Cantone, Ivan Veronese, Liudmila Liutsko

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    This report summarises the rationales and frameworks for stakeholder engagement in radiological protection, in relation to the medical use of ionising radiation, emergency preparedness and response, and exposures to indoor radon. It draws on document analysis of legal EU framework, national legislation and derived documents, international guidance and recommendations, as well as interviews with representatives of international organisation or associations in the fields. The results highlight that legal requirements for stakeholder engagement focus on assuring the provision of information from the responsible actors to the relevant stakeholders. The main motivation for participation is found to be primarily instrumental, applied to secure particular end points, and in few cases normative (e.g. transparency, or the right for information), or substantive (e.g. inherent part of complex decision-making). The level of participation mentioned in these documents generally varies from information to consultation or dialogue. Other documents, which are not part of the legal framework, such as recommendations and guidelines of international organisations or associations, reflect a broader view on stakeholder engagement, not only in terms of interpretation of the concepts of “stakeholder” and “involvement” or “engagement”, but also the motivations or aspirations underlying the calls for participation. Such documents also support enhanced interactions with different groups of stakeholders in activities relating to ionising radiation. This report will be supplemented by the second deliverable of ENGAGE WP1, which will include a transversal analysis and comparisons between the three fields (medical use of ionising radiation, emergency preparedness and response, and exposures to indoor radon).
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherEC - European Commission
    Number of pages173
    StatePublished - 1 May 2019

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