The European NORM networks EANNORM and EU NORM intend to merge and form the European NORM Association.
The European NORM Association (ENA) is a platform of experts from:
- industry operators and industry associations that are dealing with natural radioactivity in their raw materials, processes and residues;
- governmental and regulatory authorities in the field of radiation protection;
- service providers such as laboratories and consultants;
- research and scientific organisations.
The new association will be stronger and more efficient, and avoid duplication of efforts. ENA brings together European expertise in the field of NORM and is expected to be recognised as counterpart for industry, research and politics at the European level as unbiased consultation for new regulations and guidelines.
Mission Statement and Objectives of ENA
Promote and advance radiation protection in the context of exposure to NORM by operating as a European platform and forum for discussion, dissemination and exchange of information, training and education and by supporting scientific knowledge and new directions of research related to NORM issues.
The overarching objective of the ENA is to support the management of NORM in compliance with European standards and Member State legislation and according to best practice so that legal and regulatory uncertainty is minimised, and humans and the environment are protected in an optimised way that is acceptable to society.
ENA’s activities will include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- Conferences: format similar to EU NORM Symposia
- Workshops: format similar to EANNORM workshops
- Network of specialist throughout EU, possibly continuing the Contact Points known from EANNORM
- Unbiased counterpart at EU level for regulations and guidelines
- Close links to “NORM industry” associations
- Strong relationship with IRPA and national RP associations
- Links with ERA and other networks
- Interest of IAEA to continue close collaboration, e.g., through the ENVIRONET NORM Project
ENA is currently in the process of registration as an International Non-Profit Association under Belgian law (ASBLI –Association sans but lucratif internationale).
Once registration is complete, ENA’s statutes and Code of Ethics will be published, and both legal and natural persons can become members.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact
- Rob Wiegers: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Christian Kunze: email@example.com
- Stéphane Pepin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch www.ean-norm.eu/ENA for updates and until the new website goes online.