EANNORM – the European ALARA Network for Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM)
EANNORM connects experts from NORM industries (operators, industry associations), regulators, laboratories and consultants and provides a platform for the exchange of experience for the implementation of the optimisation (ALARA) principle, operational radiation protection, remediation.
The network operates on three pillars:
- Contact Points – internationally renowned experts that can be approached for advice in all fields related to NORM.
- Annual workshops, meetings and other events to discuss practical experience in dealing with NORM, topical questions related to regulation, and best industry practice. Presentations held at the EANNORM workshops, abstracts and background articles are available here.
- Providing contacts and opportunities for training and internships in the field of NORM at leading organisations.
The 9th EANNORM Workshop will be held in Katowice, Upper Silesia, POLAND in December 2018. See here for details.
EANNORM maintains links with other international networks and initiatives. Since 2015, a close collaboration with the IAEA Network of Environmental Management and Remediation (ENVIRONET) has been established.
Since the creation of EANNORM in 2007, IAF-Radioökologie GmbH has been in charge of organising and running the network. IAF-Radioökologie GmbH is a leading radionuclide laboratory accredited under ISO 17025 and provides bespoke consultancy and training services in the field of natural and artificial nuclides and radiation safety.
In 1996, the European Commission (EC) initiated the creation of a European ALARA Network (EAN) to specify European research on topics dealing with optimisation of all types of occupational exposure, as well as to facilitate the dissemination of good ALARA practices within all sectors of the European nuclear industry and research. In 2007, the ALARA Network for NORM (EANNORM) was created and integrated into the wider EAN. Funded by the European Commission from 2006 to 2008, EANNORM received financial support from the German Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) from 2009 to 2011. It has organised, and continues to organise, annual workshops on various relevant NORM topics.