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The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) is the primary body in protection against ionising radiation. ICRP is a registered charity and is thus an independent non-governmental organisation created at the 1928 International Congress of Radiology to advance for the public benefit the science of radiological protection. ICRP provides recommendations and guidance on protection against the risks associated with ionising radiation from artificial sources such as those widely used in medicine, general industry, and nuclear enterprises, and from naturally occurring sources. These are published approximately four times each year on behalf of ICRP as the journal Annals of the ICRP. Each issue provides in-depth coverage of a specific subject area.
Subscribers to the journal receive each new publication as soon as it appears so that they are kept up to date on the latest developments in this important field. While many subscribers prefer to acquire a complete set of ICRP publications, single issues of the journal are also available separately for those individuals and organisations needing a single publication covering their own field of interest. Please order through your bookseller, subscription agent, or direct from the publisher.
ICRP is an independent international network of specialists in various fields of radiological protection, typically numbering more than two hundred eminent scientists, policy makers, and practitioners from around the world. ICRP is composed of a Main Commission, a Scientific Secretariat, four standing Committees (on radiation effects, doses from radiation exposure, protection in medicine, and the application of ICRP recommendations), and generally about twenty Task Groups.
The Main Commission consists of a Chair and twelve other members. Committees typically comprise just over 15 members each. Task Groups are usually chaired by an ICRP Committee member and usually contain a number of specialists from beyond the Main Commission and Committees. They are assigned the responsibility for drafting reports on various subjects, which are reviewed and finally approved by the Main Commission. These reports are then published as Annals of the ICRP.