Towards effective radiation protection based on improved scientific evidence and social considerations - focus on radon and NORM

The project will support good management and handling of these materials and help to educate new researchers in radiological protection. Duration of the project is five years, until 2025.

Radon and other naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) are a constant source of concern in society, especially with regard to cancer risk. The new large EU project aims to increase our knowledge of these materials. 

The project is a major initiative with 56 partners from 22 European countries. The "RadoNorm" project will provide new knowledge about radon and materials with elevated content of NORM. It is well known that radon increases the risk of lung cancer, but it is possible that other cancers can also be linked to radon exposure. NORM can also contribute to increased radiation doses. This is particularly true of NORM from mining areas, waste from non-nuclear industries such as oil and gas industry. The project will also help to educate new researchers in radioecology and radiological protection, which is important for ensuring long-term competence.

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS), Germany is the project coordinator. 

RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment role

RIVM colleague involved: Fieke Dekkers

Funding

 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N0 900009.