Feed back experience shows that there is in Europe a need for Workshops which are neither a big congress nor a collection of working groups with lots of different meetings, but which over a few days provide a forum for a few dozen experts to exchange feedback experience and to identify problems that need further research or development. Therefore the Network has organised and will continue to organise such type of Workshop once a year.
The subject is selected in order to cover domains where the Network Steering Committee Group estimates that many improvements in terms of ALARA implementation may be found. All papers are invited presentations. To promote discussions, appropriate time is made available for work in small groups and the number attending the workshop is limited to a few dozens experts. The language of the Workshops is English.
At the end of each Workshop the chairpersons and the working groups propose to the participants some recommendations to the EC and national regulatory bodies and other stakeholders corresponding to the feedback from the sessions of the Workshop. These recommendations are validated by the Network Steering Committee Group and send to the Commission and to other appropriate stakeholders.

  1. "ALARA and Decommissioning", Saclay, France, December 1997
  2. "Good Radiation Practices in Industry and Research", Chilton, UK, November 1998
  3. "Managing Internal Exposure", Neuherberg, Germany, November 1999
  4. "Management of Occupational Radiological and Non-radiological Risks: Lessons to be Learned", Antwerp, Belgium, November 2000
  5. "Industrial Radiography: Improvements in Radiation Protection", Rome, Italy, October 2001
  6. "Occupational Exposure Optimisation in the Medical and the Radiopharmaceutical Sectors", Madrid, Spain, October 2002
  7. "Decommissiong of Installations and Site Remediation", Arnhem, The Netherlands, October 2003
  8. "Occupational Radiological Protection Control through Inspection and Self-assessment", Uppsala, Sweden, September 2004
  9. "Occupational Exposure to Natural Radiation", Augsburg, Germany, October 2005
  10. "Experience and new Developments in Implementing ALARA in Occupational, Patient and Public Exposures", Prague, Czech Republic, 12-15 September 2006
  11. "ALARA in Radioactive Waste Management", Athens, Greece, 9-11 April 2008
  12. "ALARA issues arising for Safety and Security of Radiation Sources and Security Screening Devices", Vienna, Austria, 21-23 October 2009
  13. "ALARA and the Medical Sector", Oscarborg Fortress, Norway, 7-10 June 2011
  14. "ALARA in existing exposure situations", Dublin Castle, Ireland, 4-6 September 2012
  15. "Improving ALARA Culture through Education and Training", Rovinj, Croatia, 7-9 May 2014
  16. "ALARA in Industrial Radiography", Bern, Switzerland, 14-16 March 2016
  17. "ALARA in Emergency Exposure Situations", Lisbon, Portugal, 15-17 May 2017
  18. "ALARA for Decommissioning and Site Remediation", Marcoule, France, 11-13 March 2019
  19. "Innovative ALARA Tools", Athens, Greece, 27-29 November 2019
  20. "ALARA for interventional radiology and nuclear medicine", Vienna, Austria, 2-4 October 2023
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EAN 20th workshop ALARA for interventional radiology & nuclear medicine

Vienna, Austria, 2-4 October 2023


Aims and objectives of the workshop

More than 10 years after workshop n°13 'ALARA in Medical Sector' and with regard to the novel issues identified in EAN Newsletter 48 (see p. 17) and 49 (seep. 9), the European ALARA Network would like to focus workshop n°20 on the application of the optimization principle in interventional radiology and nuclear medicine (new radiopharmaceuticals).
The programme will develop in 4 sessions:
  1. Setting the scene and ALARA challenges identified in the fields of interventional radiology and new radiopharmaceuticals;
  2. Tools for ALARA;
  3. Focus on (new) radiopharmaceuticals;
  4. Education and training, culture.
The programme committee endeavours to bring the major European players - such as PODIUM, EFOMP, IOMP - the professional medical associations representing the practitioners, manufacturers and experts on the stage to provide insightful keynotes for the discussions in working groups.

As traditional, a significant part of the EAN Workshop will devoted to discussions in Working Groups (each participant can participate in one Working Group, to be selected at the registration). The (provisional) topics for discussion by the Working Groups are:

  1. The challenges for the optimization of patients AND workers in interventional radiology;
  2. What are the ALARA tools available in IR? Usages and usability?
  3. What are the elements of a good ALARA culture in (nuclear) medicine?
  4. Technical developments in nuclear medicine: how to instil RP from the outset?

The workshop conclusions and recommendations aims to summarise the main points of the presentations and the discussions held during the Working Groups. 

The workshop was kindly hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Public Health (AGES) at the Vienna premises.





Session 1 - Setting the scene and ALARA challenges in Europe (Chairs: Mr. S. Andresz & Mrs. Julie Morgan)

Session 2 - Tools for ALARA (Chairs: P. Allisy-Roberts & Andy Rogers)

Session 3 - Focus on (new) radiopharmaceuticals (Chairs: Mr. N. Stritt & Mr. S. Andresz)

Session 4 - Education, training and culture (Chairs: Mrs. C. Schieber & Mr. S. Economides)

Session 5 - Working Groups Reports