Roles, duties and responsibilities for RPE and RPO.
A perspective (s) of the national reality.
Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear,
Estrada Nacional 10, 2686-953 Sacavém, Portugal
Portugal continues to have a regulatory framework characterized by the existence of various Competent
Authorities. The creation of the “Comissão Independente para a Protecção Radiológica e Segurança
Nuclear” (Independent Comission for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety), directly dependent of the
primer-minister, will tend to give origin to the Regulatory Body to regulate activities involving radiation
In order to have a legislative package compatible with the 96/29/EURATOM and 97/43/EURATOM Directives
steps have been given towards the approval of a legislative framework defining the job profiles of radiation
protection professionals with three different levels of roles, duties and responsibilities. This process in course
at this moment in Portugal has been strongly conditioned by the regulatory framework existent.
In each country very different approaches to the EURATOM Directive transpositions and respective
operational implementation are verified. Such fact could be due to several factors: (i) Different reality on each
country. Some of them have nuclear power plants; some of them make an intensive utilization of radiation
sources in industry; they have a healthy system structured with some specificities. (ii) Different legal
framework and different cultures and specific weight of some professions like medical professionals. (iii) Lack
of definitions and absence of a deeply understanding of the role of the Radiation Protection professionals.
Although there are definitions in IAEA text and in current EU BSS for RPE and RPO, it is clear that it is
important to specify the role, the duty and the competence of RPE and RPO.
In order to be in condition to have a positive contribution for the open questions to be discussed in the next
EUTERP Workshop, the Portuguese positions concerning these topics will be result of a period of reflection
and one-day workshop trying to involve the more representative national structures. However, the answer to
the question of the impact of the implementation of the proposals is conditioned to the dispersion of entities
with responsibilities in the radiation protection field.
National Contact Point. Authors should be added as the results of discussion to be occurred.