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ICRPAEDIA: Objectives of Radiological Protection


The primary aim of the system of radiological protection is:

“to contribute to an appropriate level of protection for people and the environment against the detrimental effects of radiation exposure without unduly limiting the desirable human actions that may be associated with such exposure” (Publication 103 paragraph 26)

For people, exposures are managed and controlled to:

  • Prevent harmful effects that are, in principle, preventable

  • Reduce the risk of cancer and heritable effects to the extent reasonably achievable

For the environment, the aim is to have a negligible impact on:

  • the maintenance of biological diversity

  • the conservation of species

  • the health and status of natural habitats, communities and ecosystems

Read on to learn about the fundamental principles of radiological protection

▶ Further Reading: Quotes from ICRP Publications