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The first 40 years of the Croatian radiation protection association and future challenges

Krajcar Bronić, Ines; Ranogajec-Komor, Maria; Miljanić, Saveta; Knežević Medija, Željka (2019) The first 40 years of the Croatian radiation protection association and future challenges. In: Popić, Jelena; Coha, Ivana; Krajcar Bronić, Ines; Knežević Medija, Željka, (eds.) Zbornika radova Dvanaestog simpozija Hrvatskog društva za zaštitu od zračenja. Zagreb, Hrvatsko društvo za zaštitu od zračenja, pp. 47-52 .

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Croatian Radiation Protection Association (CRPA) was founded in 1979 and joined the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) in 1992. It was one of the first professional societies in independent Republic of Croatia that joined any of the the international associations. Therefore, this year at the 12th Symposium we celebrate the 40th anniversary. The past of CRPA has been reviewed and presented at the former symposia, so here we describe the present status of the society and some challenges that we expect to cope with both in CRPA and in the radiation protection area. Members of CRPA are scientists and professionals from different fields of sciences, medicine, applications, industry, regulatory bodies. Special attention has been devoted to monitoring environmental radioactivity and studies of the influence of radioactivity on humans and the environment. Increasing use of ionizing radiation in medical procedures, both in diagnostics and in radiotherapy, make radiation protection in medicine extremely important. The following key challenges have been recognized: - improvement of cooperation among radiation protection societies in the region - involvement in IRPA activities and task groups - participation at international and regional IRPA congresses - higher involvement of young generation into CRPA activities and constant rejuvenation of the society - better communication with general public and more visible presence in media, define a person in charge for public relations - accept and recognize radiation protection culture, especially in medicine, as a part of general safety culture - better involvement in legal regulations and implementation of European Directives into the national legislation The list of recognized challenges, although relatively comprehensive, is certainly not a complete list of future challenges to both the radiation protection in general and to the Croatian Radiation Protection Association. The recognized challenges prove that the radiation protection is a very vivid area that opens various opportunities to different scientists and professionals, including the young generation, for their professional accomplishment.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item published in conference proceedings (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: 40 years of CRPA; challenges in radiation protection
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences
Divisions: Division of Experimental Physics
Division of Materials Chemistry
Depositing User: Ines Krajcar Bronić
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2019 10:39

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