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The harmonization process to set up and maintain an operational biological and physical retrospective dosimetry network : QA QM applied to the RENEB network

Eric Gregoire, Liz Ainsbury, Leonardo Barrios, Céline Bassinet, Paola Fattibene, Ulrike Kulka, Ursula Oestreicher, Gabriel Pantelias, Georgia Terzoudi, Francois Trompier, et al. (2017) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION BIOLOGY. 93(1). p.81-86
abstract
Purpose: The European Network of Biological and Physical Retrospective Dosimetry ‘RENEB’ has contributed to European radiation emergency preparedness. To give homogeneous dose estimation results, RENEB partners must harmonize their processes. Materials and methods: A first inter-comparison focused on biological and physical dosimetry was used to detect the outliers in terms of dose estimation. Subsequently, trainings were organized to improve both tools dose estimation. A second inter-comparison was performed to validate training efficiency. Simultaneously, based on ISO standards, a QA&QM manual on all dosimetry assays was produced which states a common basis and harmonized procedures for each assay. The evaluation of the agreement of RENEB partners to follow the QA&QM manual was performed through a questionnaire. The integration of new members into the network was carried out in the same way, whatever the assays. Results: The training courses on biological and physical dosimetry were judged to be successful because most of the RENEB members’ dose estimates improved in the second inter-comparison. The QA&QM manual describes the consensus for the minimum requirements and the performance criteria for both dosimetry assays. The questionnaire revealed that the whole network capacity currently can manage between 15 and 3800 samples once. Conclusion: The methodology used to harmonize all dosimetry practice within the network RENEB was highly successful. The network is operational to manage a mass casualty radiation accident for immediate dose assessment.
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quality assurance, harmonization, Training, dosimetry, dosimetry network, dose estimation, INTERCOMPARISON EXERCISE, POPULATION TRIAGE, ASSAY, EMERGENCY, ROUTINE
journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION BIOLOGY
Int. J. Radiat. Biol.
volume
93
issue
1
issue title
Networking in biological and EPR/OSL dosimetry : the European RENEB platform for emergency preparedness and research
pages
81 - 86
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Article
Web of Science id
000392891400011
ISSN
0955-3002
DOI
10.1080/09553002.2016.1206232
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RENEB (Realizing the European Network in Biodosimetry)
language
English
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A1
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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY 4.0)
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8113612
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8113612
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2016-10-13 14:09:38
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2017-03-09 11:21:56
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  abstract     = {Purpose: The European Network of Biological and Physical Retrospective Dosimetry {\textquoteleft}RENEB{\textquoteright} has contributed to European radiation emergency preparedness. To give homogeneous dose estimation results, RENEB partners must harmonize their processes. 
Materials and methods: A first inter-comparison focused on biological and physical dosimetry was used to detect the outliers in terms of dose estimation. Subsequently, trainings were organized to improve both tools dose estimation. A second inter-comparison was performed to validate training efficiency. Simultaneously, based on ISO standards, a QA\&QM manual on all dosimetry assays was produced which states a common basis and harmonized procedures for each assay. The evaluation of the agreement of RENEB partners to follow the QA\&QM manual was performed through a questionnaire. The integration of new members into the network was carried out in the same way, whatever the assays.
Results: The training courses on biological and physical dosimetry were judged to be successful because most of the RENEB members{\textquoteright} dose estimates improved in the second inter-comparison. The QA\&QM manual describes the consensus for the minimum requirements and the performance criteria for both dosimetry assays. The questionnaire revealed that the whole network capacity currently can manage between 15 and 3800 samples once.
Conclusion: The methodology used to harmonize all dosimetry practice within the network RENEB was highly successful. The network is operational to manage a mass casualty radiation accident for immediate dose assessment.},
  author       = {Gregoire, Eric and Ainsbury, Liz and Barrios, Leonardo and Bassinet, C{\'e}line and Fattibene, Paola and Kulka, Ulrike and Oestreicher, Ursula and Pantelias, Gabriel and Terzoudi, Georgia and Trompier, Francois and Voisin, Philippe and Vral, Anne and Wojcik, Andrzej and Roy, Laurence},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {81--86},
  title        = {The harmonization process to set up and maintain an operational biological and physical retrospective dosimetry network : QA QM applied to the RENEB network},
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Chicago
Gregoire, Eric, Liz Ainsbury, Leonardo Barrios, Céline Bassinet, Paola Fattibene, Ulrike Kulka, Ursula Oestreicher, et al. 2017. “The Harmonization Process to Set up and Maintain an Operational Biological and Physical Retrospective Dosimetry Network : QA QM Applied to the RENEB Network.” International Journal of Radiation Biology 93 (1): 81–86.
APA
Gregoire, E., Ainsbury, L., Barrios, L., Bassinet, C., Fattibene, P., Kulka, U., Oestreicher, U., et al. (2017). The harmonization process to set up and maintain an operational biological and physical retrospective dosimetry network : QA QM applied to the RENEB network. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION BIOLOGY, 93(1), 81–86.
Vancouver
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Gregoire E, Ainsbury L, Barrios L, Bassinet C, Fattibene P, Kulka U, et al. The harmonization process to set up and maintain an operational biological and physical retrospective dosimetry network : QA QM applied to the RENEB network. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION BIOLOGY. 2017;93(1):81–6.
MLA
Gregoire, Eric, Liz Ainsbury, Leonardo Barrios, et al. “The Harmonization Process to Set up and Maintain an Operational Biological and Physical Retrospective Dosimetry Network : QA QM Applied to the RENEB Network.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION BIOLOGY 93.1 (2017): 81–86. Print.