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Capabilities of the RENEB network for research and large scale radiological and nuclear emergency situations

Octávia Monteiro Gil, Pedro Vaz, Horst Romm, Cinzia De Angelis, Ana Catarina Antunes, Joan-Francesc Barquinero, Christina Beinke, Emanuela Bortolin, Christopher Ian Burbidge, Alexandra Cucu, et al. (2017) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION BIOLOGY. 93(1). p.136-141
abstract
Purpose: To identify and assess, among the participants in the RENEB (Realizing the European Network of Biodosimetry) project, the emergency preparedness, response capabilities and resources that can be deployed in the event of a radiological or nuclear accident/incident affecting a large number of individuals. These capabilities include available biodosimetry techniques, infrastructure, human resources (existing trained staff), financial and organizational resources (including the role of national contact points and their articulation with other stakeholders in emergency response) as well as robust quality control/assurance systems. Materials and methods: A survey was prepared and sent to the RENEB partners in order to acquire information about the existing, operational techniques and infrastructure in the laboratories of the different RENEB countries and to assess the capacity of response in the event of radiological or nuclear accident involving mass casualties. The survey focused on several main areas: laboratory’s general information, country and staff involved in biological and physical dosimetry; retrospective assays used, the number of assays available per laboratory and other information related to biodosimetry and emergency preparedness. Following technical intercomparisons amongst RENEB members, an update of the survey was performed one year later concerning the staff and the available assays. Conclusions: The analysis of RENEB questionnaires allowed a detailed assessment of existing capacity of the RENEB network to respond to nuclear and radiological emergencies. This highlighted the key importance of international cooperation in order to guarantee an effective and timely response in the event of radiological or nuclear accidents involving a considerable number of casualties. The deployment of the scientific and technical capabilities existing within the RENEB network members seems mandatory, to help other countries with less or no capacity for biological or physical dosimetry, or countries overwhelmed in case of a radiological or nuclear accident involving a large number of individuals.
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Biodosimetry, radiological accident/emergency, capacity of laboratory response, questionnaire/survey, emergency preparedness, BIODOSIMETRY RENEB, EUROPEAN NETWORK
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
136 - 141
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Article
ISSN
0955-3002
DOI
10.1080/09553002.2016.1227107
project
RENEB (Realizing the European Network in Biodosimetry)
language
English
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yes
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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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8135945
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8135945
date created
2016-11-08 16:06:35
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2017-03-09 11:10:04
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  abstract     = {Purpose: To identify and assess, among the participants in the RENEB (Realizing the European Network of Biodosimetry) project, the emergency preparedness, response capabilities and resources that can be deployed in the event of a radiological or nuclear accident/incident affecting a large number of individuals. These capabilities include available biodosimetry techniques, infrastructure, human resources (existing trained staff), financial and organizational resources (including the role of national contact points and their articulation with other stakeholders in emergency response) as well as robust quality control/assurance systems.
Materials and methods: A survey was prepared and sent to the RENEB partners in order to acquire information about the existing, operational techniques and infrastructure in the laboratories of the different RENEB countries and to assess the capacity of response in the event of radiological or nuclear accident involving mass casualties. The survey focused on several main areas: laboratory{\textquoteright}s general information, country and staff involved in biological and physical dosimetry; retrospective assays used, the number of assays available per laboratory and other information related to biodosimetry and emergency preparedness. Following technical intercomparisons amongst RENEB members, an update of the survey was performed one year later concerning the staff and the available assays.
Conclusions: The analysis of RENEB questionnaires allowed a detailed assessment of existing capacity of the RENEB network to respond to nuclear and radiological emergencies. This highlighted the key importance of international cooperation in order to guarantee an effective and timely response in the event of radiological or nuclear accidents involving a considerable number of casualties. The deployment of the scientific and technical capabilities existing within the RENEB network members seems mandatory, to help other countries with less or no capacity for biological or physical dosimetry, or countries overwhelmed in case of a radiological or nuclear accident involving a large number of individuals.},
  author       = {Monteiro Gil, Oct{\'a}via and Vaz, Pedro and Romm, Horst and De Angelis, Cinzia and Antunes, Ana Catarina and Barquinero, Joan-Francesc and Beinke, Christina and Bortolin, Emanuela and Burbidge, Christopher Ian and Cucu, Alexandra and Della Monaca, Sara and Moreno Domene, Mercedes and Fattibene, Paola and Gregoire, Eric and Hadjidekova, Valeria and Kulka, Ulrike and Lindholm, Carita and Meschini, Roberta and M{\textquoteright}Kacher, Radhia and Moquet, Jayne and Oestreicher, Ursula and Palitti, Fabrizio and Pantelias, Gabriel and Montoro Pastor, Alegria and Popescu, Irina-Anca and Quattrini, Maria Cristina and Ricoul, Michelle and Rothkamm, Kai and Sabatier, Laure and Sebasti{\`a}, Natividad and Sommer, Sylwester and Terzoudi, Georgia and Testa, Antonella and Trompier, Fran\c{c}ois and Vral, Anne},
  issn         = {0955-3002},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION BIOLOGY},
  keyword      = {Biodosimetry,radiological accident/emergency,capacity of laboratory response,questionnaire/survey,emergency preparedness,BIODOSIMETRY RENEB,EUROPEAN NETWORK},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {136--141},
  title        = {Capabilities of the RENEB network for research and large scale radiological and nuclear emergency situations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09553002.2016.1227107},
  volume       = {93},
  year         = {2017},
}

Chicago
Monteiro Gil, Octávia, Pedro Vaz, Horst Romm, Cinzia De Angelis, Ana Catarina Antunes, Joan-Francesc Barquinero, Christina Beinke, et al. 2017. “Capabilities of the RENEB Network for Research and Large Scale Radiological and Nuclear Emergency Situations.” International Journal of Radiation Biology 93 (1): 136–141.
APA
Monteiro Gil, O., Vaz, P., Romm, H., De Angelis, C., Antunes, A. C., Barquinero, J.-F., Beinke, C., et al. (2017). Capabilities of the RENEB network for research and large scale radiological and nuclear emergency situations. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION BIOLOGY, 93(1), 136–141.
Vancouver
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Monteiro Gil O, Vaz P, Romm H, De Angelis C, Antunes AC, Barquinero J-F, et al. Capabilities of the RENEB network for research and large scale radiological and nuclear emergency situations. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION BIOLOGY. 2017;93(1):136–41.
MLA
Monteiro Gil, Octávia, Pedro Vaz, Horst Romm, et al. “Capabilities of the RENEB Network for Research and Large Scale Radiological and Nuclear Emergency Situations.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION BIOLOGY 93.1 (2017): 136–141. Print.