Partners

JRP-Participants

CIEMAT

CIEMAT

The Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) holds the Ionizing Radiations Metrology Laboratory (LMRI) which is the Spanish National Standards Laboratory for ionizing radiations, according to Royal Decree 533/1996, and Designated Institute by the Spanish Centre of Metrology (CEM) in this field.

With a staff of 21 people, the LMRI maintains the national standards of Activity of radionuclides, Kerma and Absorbed dose and operates 7 laboratories covering alpha-, beta- and gamma-emitters, and 137Cs,60Co beams at protection and therapy levels, X-rays ISO qualities from 10 to 300 kV, and 85Kr, 147Pm and 90Sr/90Y beta radiation beams.

The LMRI-CIEMAT experience traces back to the 60's. Concerning this JRP, the LMRI has a wide experience in alpha, beta and gamma measurements, detector modelling, Monte Carlo simulation and production of reference materials. LMRI has also contributed to the field of nuclear data measurement and evaluation. A list of key publications is attached below.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

The LMRI-CIEMAT participation will involve 6 scientists and 3 technicians, with a total contribution of 57 PM (1.6 PM/month average contribution) in terms of scientist-equivalent work.

The CIEMAT/LMRI will coordinate the JRP by leading WP7 "Management and coordination" (14 PM, average 0.4 PM/month), will also lead WP4 "Production of an optimised spectrometric device for the measurement of cast steel, slag and fume dust samples" (18 PM, average 0.5 PM/month) and will also contribute actively to the rest of WPs WP1,WP2, WP3, WP5 and WP6 (25 PM, average 0.7 PM/month). This will allow to follow closely the JRP progress in all the technical packages.

BEV/PTP

BEV/PTP

In the field of ionising radiation, including dosimetry and radionuclide metrology, the BEV has been working since more than 30 years as primary standard and National Metrology Laboratory of Austria. Due to strongly established cooperation with European NMIs, research institutes and universities, the BEV is able to play an important role in the development of the state-of-the-art metrology especially in the field of ionising radiation. BEV has a long experience in dosimetry as well as activity measurements together with a service for hospitals in this field. The metrological competence of the laboratory is strongly assured by several highlevel primary and secondary standards for absorbed dose to water, air kerma and radionuclide activity. The laboratory contributed to the key comparisons of the CCRI/BIPM and other comparisons within EUROMET Projects.

The laboratory staff are active in science and research as well. The laboratory is well equipped for ionising radiation measurements and Monte-Carlo simulation. The scientific and technical work is based on a well-established quality management system. The scientific staff of the laboratory has been contributed to international journals and scientific conferences in the field of radionuclide metrology, dosimetry, radiation protection metrology and activity measurements.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

Coordination of WP 6 `Creating Impact' and contribution to WP3-5-7. 

CEA

CEA

CEA is the French atomic energy commission. Its laboratory LNHB (Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel) is the French national metrology laboratory for ionizing radiation designated by LNE. Its permanent staff amounts to 53 persons. The fields covered by CEA LNHB are radionuclide metrology and dosimetry of photons and charged particles. In those fields, the laboratory develops and maintains references, and transfers them to accredited standard laboratories and end users, according to its ISO 17025 accreditation and MRA. In radionuclide metrology, the laboratory has largely contributed to the Key Comparison Base of BIPM (for 62 radionuclides, and 3 reference materials). The laboratory proposes each year a programme of proficiency tests dedicated to laboratories and end users, e.g. in nuclear industry and nuclear power plants, by preparing and sending to participants standard reference materials such as radioactive solutions at different activity levels, iodine filters, to be characterised by them¿. In that field, the laboratory has recently got equipments to develop natural matrix standards for proficiency testing of environmental survey laboratories. The laboratory is also involved in the evaluation and publication of radionuclide decay data. This task has been carried out by the laboratory for about 35 years, first by itself and for about 15 years in the frame of an international group of experts, Decay Data Evaluation Project (DDEP), coordinated by CEA LNHB (M.M. Bé, leader of WP5 of that JRP) and whose recommended data are published since 2004 as a BIPM Monographie (n°5).

Role and main tasks in the JRP

CEA will contribute to technical WPs 2 and 3 and 5, and the WPs Creating impact and Coordination. The laboratory will contribute in WP2 to the realization and characterization of reference materials, especially for slags and fume dusts and in WP3 to the task on true coincidence summing corrections and inter-laboratory comparison of reference materials.

CMI

CMI

The basic subject of the CMI is the function as a state administration body according to the Law No. 505/1990 Coll. on metrology in the fields of national standards, dissemination of units and measuring instruments legal metrological control.

The CMI activities contain:

  • Maintenance and technical development of national, primary and secondary standards including measurement units dissemination to secondary standards,
  • Type testing, verification and calibration of measuring instruments,
  • Scientific, development and research activities in the field of metrology,
  • International cooperation in the field of metrology,
  • Providing of metrological expertise, issuing of certificates and expert opinions,
  • Managing of certified standards and issuing their certificates.
  • Inspectorate for Ionizing Radiation (CMI-IIR) is responsible for metrology in the field of ionizing radiation. CMI-IIR is experienced in environmental and industrial monitoring systems, including type testing and verifications of gate monitors.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

CMI is the Leader of the technical WP1 "Improvement of methods and devices for measurement of activity of radionuclides in metallurgy" and WP3 "Characterization of measurement geometries and reference sources by measurement, simulation and intercomparisons". CMI also participates in technical packages WP 2, 4 and 5 and as well in WP6 "Creating impact" and WP7 "Management and Coordination".

ENEA

ENEA

The National Institute of Ionizing Radiation Metrology (ENEA-INMRI) is responsible for developing and providing the Italian national standards relating to the ionizing radiation quantities. ENEA-INMRI belongs to ENEA and is located at the ENEA Casaccia Research Centre, near Rome. ENEA-INMRI is one of the Italian signatories of the "Mutual Recognition of National Measurement Standards and of Calibration Certificates Issued by National Metrology Institutes" (MRA), the international arrangement describing the fundamental conditions of this mutual recognition.The metrological activities at ENEA-INMRI are carried out along the following lines: Therapy level and industrial radiation processing dosimetry standards, Protection level dosimetry standards, Radionuclide and neutron standards. A calibration service for instruments used in the measurement of ionizing radiation is performed at ENEA INMRI for medical, research, industrial and radiation protection purposes.Besides the programmes concerning primary standards and calibration, the research activities at ENEA INMRI deal with the more general field of research and standardization in the field of radiation and radioactivity measurement, including development of new detectors and detection methods, computer simulation, radioactivity reference materials. In the field of radionuclide metrology, the ENEA-INMRI can rely on various active and relative measurement systems and a new radiochemical laboratory for manipulation of radioactive materials for preparation of standard radioactive sources and radiometric reference materials.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

ENEA  participates in WPs 1, 2, 3 and 4 as well as in WP6 "Creating impact" and WP7 "Management and Coordination". The contribution to this JRP is based on a wide competence in radionuclide activity measurement by various methods (high resolution gamma-ray spectrometry, liquid scintillation counting) detector modelling and Monte Carlo computations by different codes (GEANT, Penelope, MCNP, ETNA, GESPECOR, CCCC), standard sources and radioactive reference materials preparation and data analysis.

IFIN-HH

IFIN-HH

IFIN-HH is a Designed Metrology Institute, by the Romanian Bureau of Legal Metrology, to represent Romania within CIPM-MRA in the field of Radionuclide Measurement. It is a member of the CIPM-CCRI(II).  IFIN-HH is an Associated Member of EURAMET, participating and receiving funds within EMRP. IFIN-HH, RML is the owner of the primary activity standard, recognised at international level (included in all the 4 annexes of the CIPM-MRA). RML is accredited, according to the EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005, by the Romanian accreditation body, for the following actions:

  • Calibration laboratory in activity measurement and equipment calibration,
  • Testing laboratory in low level activity analysis by gamma-ray spectrometry.

It developed methods for:

  • Preparation of various volume standards
  • Calibration of all kinds of radioactive standards
  • Training of the personnel working with sealed and open radioactive sources

Role and main task in the JRP

IFIN participates in WP2 "Development and characterisation of standard reference sources" as well as in WP3 and WP5, "Characterization of measurement geometries and reference sources by measurement, simulation and inter-comparisons" and "Experimental verification and demonstration at end user facilities (foundries and regulatory bodies)". IFIN will also contribute to WP6, "Creating Impact".

IJS

IJS

Thebasic activities of the Infrastructure group for radioactivity measurements at Department F2 (IJS) is basic research in the field of ionizing radiation, including calibration and testing. It is designated institute by MIRS and holder of national standards for air kerma, dose equivalent and activity. Beside this it is appointed by SNSA as authorised laboratory for testing and providing expert opinions in the field of radioactivity measurements, including environmental monitoring programs, as well as radioactive waste measurements.

The main activities are:

  • Maintenance and technical development of national standards and its dissemination
  • Calibration of measuring instruments
  • Scientific development and research activities in the field of metrology of ionizing radiation
  • Providing of metrological expertise, issuing of certificates and expert opinions
  • Participation in characterization of (certified) reference materials
  • Testing in the field of radioactivity measurements

Role and main tasks in the JRP

IJS participates in technical workpackages WP3 (Characterization of measurement geometries and reference sources by measurement, simulation and intercomparisons) and WP5 (Evaluation of the prototype spectrometric devices produced in WP4 and the methods developed in WP1 at end-user facilities). In WP3 IJS will participate in intercomparison measurements. In this regard IJS provides the environmental activity measurement laboratory for smaller samples as well as an ISOCS system for measurement of the activity of larger objects. In WP5 IJS as workpackage leader will coordinate activities within WP5 and actively participate in all tasks.

ITN

ITN

The Metrology Laboratory of Ionising Radiation (LMRI) is a Primary Laboratory of the National Primary System, under a Protocol between the Nuclear and Technological Institute (ITN) and the Portuguese Institute for Quality (IPQ). The LMRI is the holder of national standards for air kerma, absorbed dose to water and dose equivalent.

The LMRI has implemented a Quality System (QS) according to the standard NP EN ISO/IEC 17025.

The basic activities of the Metrology Laboratory of Ionising Radiation are research in the field of ionizing radiation, including calibration and testing.

The laboratory is equipped for ionising radiation measurements and Monte-Carlo simulation. The laboratory staff, although reduced, maintains an important collaboration with the University has been contributed to international journals and scientific conferences in the field of Dosimetry and Radiation Protection measurements.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

ITN-LMRI will contribute to technical work packages WP1 and  WP3 and the  WP's "Creating impact"and "Coordenation". In WP1 ITN-LMRI will contribute to the review and analysis of the existing monitoring systems and in preparation of the associated reports. In WP3 ITN-LMRI will participate in the intercomparison measurements, creation and validation of the Monte Carlo model(s) and preparation of the intercomparison report.

JRC

JRC

JRC(IRMM) is a transnational metrology institute of the European Commission. Its Radionuclide Metrology Laboratory, founded in 1960, has a considerable experience in the primary standardisation of activity, lowlevel radioactivity measurements and in nuclear decay data measurements. With respect to the JRP project, JRC(IRMM) has excellent facilities for gamma-ray spectrometry (above ground and underground), liquid scintillation counting, and many techniques for primary standardisation. In addition to this, JRC(IRMM) has a vast experience in the organisation of inter-laboratory comparisons.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

IRMM's main contributions are to WP2 and WP3. JRC(IRMM) will perform Monte-Carlo simulations and characterise the materials from WP2. The intercomparison of cast steel, slag and fume dust samples will be organised by JRC(IRMM).

MKEH

MKEH

Earlier the National Office of Measures (OMH) carried out those tasks which originated from legal and scientific metrology field in Hungary. Since 2007 the OMH has been merged into Hungarian Trade Licensing Office (MKEH) together with its task. The Office maintains the National Standards and makes their international comparisons and assures the national dissemination with calibrating the measuring instruments.

The Radiation Physics and Chemistry section deals with (among others) the metrology of ionising radiation. The main activities of the radioactivity group:

  • Maintenance of primary and secondary national standards and the 84 CMC lines on the radioactivity field,
  • Participation in international comparisons,
  • Preparation of liquid and solid radioactive certified reference materials,
  • Calibration of dose calibrators at the medical centres,
  • Type-tests and verifications of surface contamination meters and monitors,
  • Calibration of gamma spectrometric measuring systems in point and Marinelli geometry,
  • Participation in work of international organizations (BIPM CCRI, ICRM).

Role and main tasks in the JRP

The MKEH will participate in WP3 (Characterization of measurement geometries and reference sources by measurement, simulation and intercomparisons). The MKEH will contribute to WP6 "Creating impact" too.

Institute of Atomic Energy POLATOM

IEA POLATOM

The Laboratory of Radioactivity Standards of the Radioisotope Centre IEA POLATOM is a competent metrological laboratory in Poland which contributes to development of the nuclear medicine, biochemistry, radiochemistry, molecular biology and other branches by working out calibrated radioactive materials in the form of radioactive standards. Absolute measuring methods made-up in the laboratory and unique systems for the traceable measurement of radioactivity make it possible to work-out many types of radioactive standards of alpha, beta and gamma emitting radionuclides. Competence of the Laboratory of Radioactivity Standards was confirmed by the participation in international activity measurements comparisons. In 1999 the President of the Central Office of Measures established the National Standard of Radionuclide Activity in the RC IEA POLATOM.

RC IEA POLATOM has been certified for conformance with the quality standards: PN-EN ISO 9001:2001 and ISO 17025:2005+AP1:2007.

Scientific activity of the Laboratory of Radioactivity Standards of the RC POLATOM is focused mainly on the following topics:

  • Working out absolute methods of the radioactivity measurement,
  • Working  out the production methods of radioactivity standards,
  • Working  out the spectrometric technique of measurements of radioactive impurities in different materials,
  • Maintenance and development of the National Standard of Radionuclide Activity.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

The RC IEA POLATOM will participate in the packages WP1, WP2, WP3 and WP5. The RC IEA POLATOM will contribute to analysis, design and testing measurement procedures, development of standards and reference materials, Monte-Carlo simulations and to intercomparisons of radioactivity standards.

PTB

PTB

The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) is the national institute for science and technology and the highest technical authority of the Federal Republic of Germany for the field of metrology and certain sectors of safety engineering. PTB comes under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. It meets the requirements for calibration and testing laboratories as defined in the EN ISO/IEC 17025. It has a staff of about 1600 employees of whom about 500 are graduates. It is fundamental task of PTB to realise and maintain the legal units in compliance with the International System of Units (SI) and to disseminate them.

The department "Radioactivity" realises, maintains and disseminates with 25 employees the unit of activity in a wide range from 1 mBq up to several MBq for more than 50 radionuclides. In addition, the department has long term experiences in the field of environmental radioactivity including radiochemical analyses of alpha- and beta-particle emitting radionuclides as well as in the field of Radon (Rn-222, Rn-220 and their progenies) measurement and calibration.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

PTB leads WP2 (Reference Sources) and participates in WPs 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7. The contribution is based on competence in the production of activity standards, the characterization of reference materials and in the calibration of instruments for the measurement of radioactivity including experiences in the field of Monte Carlo calculations for gamma-spectrometric measurements. PTB provides a number of major facilities and equipment to the JRP such as the activity standards laboratory including facilities for handling radioactive material as well as primary and secondary standard measuring systems, the environmental activity measurement laboratory including a radiochemical laboratory and facilities to measure low activities.

SMU

SMU

The SMU (Slovak Institute of Metrology), Centre for Ionising Radiation, is a national standard laboratory for radioactivity measurements. The main activities of the laboratory are development of measuring methods and metrology standards in the field of radioactivity. The laboratory provides traceability for radioactivity measurements. Laboratory staff is experienced with various laboratory and in-situ measuring methods, including performance check of instruments for detecting illicitly trafficked radioactive materials and verification of both measuring instruments and standards for activity determination in cast steel samples.

The main activities are:

  • Scientific development and research activities in the field of metrology of ionizing radiation
  • Maintenance and technical development of national standards and their dissemination
  • Type testing, verification and calibration of measuring instruments

Role and main tasks in the JRP

SMU is ready to participate in technical workpackage WP1 (Improvement of methods and devices for measurement of activity of radionuclides in metallurgy) including methods and systems for in-situ measurements, WP2 (Development and characterisation of standard reference sources), WP3 (Characterization of measurement geometries and reference sources by measurement, simulation and intercomparisons), WP4 (Improved measuring instrument adapted to measurements of cast steel and slag probes) and WP5 (Experimental verification and demonstration at end user facilities).

STUK

STUK

Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) is a public agency, whose mission is to protect people, society, the environment and future generations from the harmful effects of radiation. STUK's regulatory functions cover the use of nuclear energy and all activities that make use of radiation or radioactive substances. STUK carries out research related to ionising and non-ionising radiation. The research activities cover, among others, radiation detection methods, dosimetry, radiation hygiene, medical use of radiation, radiation biology and natural radiation.

STUK acts as the National Standards Laboratory for ionising radiation. STUK has experience and high competence in various dosimetric measurements and in the development of measurement techniques, and has participated in international (ICRU, IAEA) and national working groups or projects for the preparation of recommendations or codes of practice in dosimetry.

The operational area of radiation practices regulation includes the use of radiation and radioactive substances in health care, industry, research and teaching. Co-operation with the metals industries, outside of the regulatory field, begun in the early 1990's due to industrial pressures and health & safety concerns associated with orphan sources. This initial co-operation was concerned with the capability building of the metals recyclers and metals industry in general. Through this co-operation STUK became active also in the international field, especially with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) expert group, which prepared the Recommendations on Monitoring and Response Procedures for Radioactive Scrap Metal. STUK have also been active with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in following the preparation of draft IAEA safety guides "DS-410: National Strategy for Regaining Control over Orphan Sources and Improving Control Over Vulnerable Sources" and "DS-411 Orphan Radioactive Sources and Radioactively Contaminated Material in the Metal Recycling and Production Industries"

In 2006, a melting incident occurred at Outokumpu Tornio Works in Northern Finland, after this STUK emphasis in the co-operation was switched to guidance on monitoring and emergency preparedness.

Role and main tasks in the JRP

In addition to work packages 6 and 7, STUK participates in technical work packages WP1 and WP3. In WP1 STUK will contribute to the review and analysis of the existing monitoring systems and in preparation of the associated reports. In WP3 STUK will participate in the intercomparison measurements, creation and validation of the Monte Carlo model(s) and preparation of the intercomparison report.

JRP-Participant 14 - ENVINET (REG)

ENVINET

ENVINET a.s., is a Joint Stock Company with over 15 years traditional and reliable engineering ¿ supplier Czech company certified by ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Standard), OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System), ISO 20000-1 (IT - Service Management) and ISO 27001 (Information Security Management Standard). The scope of activities includes research, development and supplies of the specific instrumentation and servicing for nuclear power, services in the field of ionising radiation monitoring, manufacturing and service of ionising radiation detectors, laboratory systems and technology area, industrial automation, mechanical production and specific software development and implementation. ENVINET a.s. has a broad experience in the area of radioactive waste measurement.

COLLABORATORS

The organisations below have indicated their potential willingness to collaborate with the JRP in areas of mutual interest. Collaborators do not deliver work content of the JRP, do not sign the JRP-Contract and are not bound by its terms and conditions. The appropriateness of each organisation to act as a collaborator will be established. The relationship between collaborators and the JRP-Consortium is addressed through an Exchange of Letters.

Acroni d.o.o, Slovenia.
U.S. Steel Kosice - Labortest, s.r.o., Slovakia.
ArcelorMittal Galati S.A., Rumania.
Unión de Empresas Siderúrgicas, Spain.
SN Seixal-Siderurgia Nacional, SA, Portugal.