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EFRS recommendations for the national implementation of the Radiation Protection Officer (RPO)

EFRS recommendations for the national implementation of the Radiation Protection Officer (RPO) role as defined under Basic Safety Standards Directive (2013/59 EURATOM)

Following our message below on the national implementation of the BSS, you herewith receive the „EFRS Recommendations on the Role of the Radiation Protection Officer“ highlighting the importance of this role for the radiography profession and with recommendations for further action on your national level.

It is important and urgent for National Radiographer Societies, together with the educators, to impress on the national competent authority the relevance of and the application of the RPO role for radiographers in medical exposures.

Background

In January 2014, the European Commission published its latest Euratom Directive on Basic Safety Standards, relative to ionizing radiation, which is binding on all 28 Member States and must be implemented by February 6th 2018, in national legislation. This Directive repeals five previous Directives and seeks to both modernize and harmonise European radiation protection legislation by covering all sources of potential exposure in one document.
While the Directive retains most of the essential components of the MED 97/43 Directive, there are a number of additions of relevance to the radiography profession which all national societies should be aware of and consider actively lobbying on, in their own states in this vital period in advance of transposition of the Directive. Radiographers are key personnel, acting as the gatekeepers of patient and staff radiological protection and the key interface between patients and technology in the clinical setting. Despite this Radiographers are barely mentioned in the Directive, with Member States being given the flexibility to decide relevant responsibilities as per national practice and educational levels, while considerable additional responsibilities are overtly given to both radiologists and physicists.
This is the ONE and ONLY opportunity for national societies to have an input into this important radiation protection legislation (which may not be revised again for another decade) and to ensure Radiographers are clearly identified in their countries’ legislation and with appropriately defined legal responsibilities.

News from the EFRS AGM 2014

7th and 8th of November in Coimbra—Portugal

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27 societies with 46 delegates, 15 affiliate member institutes with 17 delegates

The EFRS board for the term 2014 – 2017 was elected:

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From the left: Csaba, Håkon, Clizia, Vasilis, Jonathan and Dorien (CEO)

Six new member organisations were welcomed to the EFRS:

Full members:

  • SEGRA – Sociedad Española de Graduados en Radiología (Spain)
  • PSTE, Polskie Stowarzyszenie Techników Elektroradiologii (Poland)
  • TÜMRAD-DER, Tüm Radyoloji Teknisyenleri ve Teknikerleri Derneği (Turkey)

Affiliate members:

  • Turku University of Applied Science (Finland)
  • T.E.I. Hellenic Republic Technological Educational Institution of Athens

EFRS meetings 2015:

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Wednesday 4th of March: HENRE annual meeting & seminar

Friday and Saturday 6th & 7th of November: EFRS AGM during ECR in Vienna, Austria

in Kraków Poland.

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Education for MR radiographers

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The European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) and the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) want to kindly draw your attention once again to ESMRMB´s Hands-On MRI programme in 2014.

We want to address you, your friends and colleagues within the radiographer community to join our programme, customised to your needs and demand on education. We would therefore kindly ask you to please forward the information below to your database and/or include it to your website, social media postings etc. We will certainly be pleased to provide you with further documents, pictures etc. and would appreciate to receive your feedback regarding your support on this matter.

The ESMRMB wants to provide the best possible training for experts in the field, eager to enrich and broaden the league.

With the following Hands-On MRI courses, ESMRMB supports radiographers in 2014 interested in

Advanced Neuroimaging (fMRI-DTI-Perfusion)
September 18-20, 2014, ECZ Otwock, Warsaw/PL

Optimising image quality in high field MRI 
October 8-10, 2014, University of Vienna/AT

Musculoskeletal MR Imaging – from Basics to Advanced
October 9-11, 2014, Clinica Cemtro, Madrid/ES

Everybody who wants be up-to-date and in close dialogue with us throughout the whole year is very welcome to become an ESMRMB Member for a fee of € 50 and benefit from: 

  • Special member fees at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society
  • Special member fees at the ESMRMB educational programmes (including the Hands-On MRI programme, dedicated to radiographers!)
  • Free subscription to the online Society journal „MAGMA“ (6 issues per year)
  • Access to the MyUser Area, providing contact information on all Society members, Society documents
  • Continuous information about the Society and MR in Europe

Carry on the good news, upload our programme to your website, tell your friends and spread the message online!

ESMRMB and EFRS look forward to a fruitful communication, a successful year and a prosperous exchange with you!