Terms of Reference

Strategic impact

The current project addresses one of the priority areas in the area of the radiation protection research in Europe (Euratom Programme, HLEG) and elsewhere (DOE low dose programme), namely, “better quantification of the risk to health for low and protracted exposures”.

The follow-up of populations exposed as a result of the Chernobyl accident provides an important and unique opportunity to enhance our knowledge on the health effects of protracted external and internal exposures to low levels of ionizing radiation.

The objective of the current project is to develop a reasoned, focused and motivated strategic research agenda that will address feasibility of proposed work, strategic resource needs, added benefits over existing work, expected outcomes, timelines, risks and key assumptions about external factors for success. The health effects of the Chernobyl accident are likely to have occurred (even if they are not detectable) at different levels in all European countries.