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International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA)

Did you know that members of the British Nuclear Medicine Society who have an interest in radiation protection can become members of the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) and of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) at no cost to themselves? 

The IRPA is an international organisation that brings together professionals from all around the world who have an interest in radiation protection issues. Its membership is formed from the members of its associate societies in each country. In the UK the SRP is the IRPA’s associate society, and therefore members of the SRP are automatically members of the IRPA.

The SRP is the principal organisation in the UK for those working in radiation protection. It’s objectives are “to promote and advance the science and art of radiological protection and allied fields” which includes “health physics, radiation and nuclear medicine”. Members receive a regular newsletter.

The BNMS is a partner society of the SRP and we can nominate eligible members of the BNMS to become International Members of the SRP, and therefore also members of the IRPA. To be eligible you should have a degree or a “recognised scientific, technological or professional qualification” and be “regularly engaged in one or more appropriate aspects of radiation protection”, which includes “applied activities, research, education and training, or administrative and regulatory functions”.

The SRP has an International Committee that allows the SRP and its partner societies to cooperate with the IRPA.

The partner societies currently include the;

  • Association of University Radiation Protection Officers
  • British Institute of Radiology
  • British Nuclear Medicine Society
  • College of Radiographers
  • Institute of Radiation Protection
  • Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
  • Royal College of Radiologists.

Partner societies have a representation on this committee that depends on the number of their International Members.

Therefore, if you are a full member of the BNMS and you are engaged in radiation protection work, all you have to do to become an International Member of the SRP, and through them of the IRPA, is complete this form and the BNMS will do the rest!