The international voice of the radiation protection profession in the enhancement of radiation protection culture and practice worldwide.
IRPA is the International Professional Society for Radiation Protection. It promotes excellence in the practice of radiation protection through national and regional associate societies for radiation protection professionals by providing benchmarks of good practice and enhancing professional competence and networking.
Seated: (from left to right)
Roger Coates (Vice President), Renate Czarwinski (President), Thiagan Pather (Vice President for Congress Affairs), Bernard le Guen (Executive Officer)
Standing: (from left to right)
Richard Toohey (Treasurer), Sigurður Magnússon, Ana María Bomben, Richard Vetter, Alfred Hefner, Jong Kyung Kim, Eduardo Gallego, Christopher Clement
The primary purpose of IRPA is to provide a medium whereby those engaged in radiation protection activities in all countries may communicate more readily with each other and through this process advance radiation protection in many parts of the world. This includes relevant aspects of such branches of knowledge as science, medicine, engineering, technology and law, to provide for the protection of people and the environment from the hazards caused by radiation, and to thereby facilitate the safe use of medical, scientific, and industrial radiological practices for the benefit of mankind.
The IRPA membership comprises about 18000 individual members representing 50 national and regional Associate Societies in 65 countries.
It is a major task for IRPA to provide for and support international meetings for the discussion of radiation protection. The International Congresses of IRPA are the most important of these meetings. These have been held about every four years since 1966, in between these events there are also a series of regional Congresses.
For all Associate Societies of IRPA and individual members, it is an important objective to attend the next International IRPA Congress. For many other related professions it is an excellent opportunity to communicate on the achievements, scientific knowledge and operational experience in radiation protection.