In 1990 the Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety (IACRS) was formed to serve as a forum for collaboration between international organisations in matters of radiation safety. The IACRS, which represents an important step towards the international harmonisation of radiation protection and safety, is currently comprised of the following members:
The latest meeting was held in November 2012 and hosted by UNSCEAR.
The next IACRS meeting will be hosted by the FAO and take place in mid-2014.
The objective of the IACRS is to promote consistency and co-ordination of policies with respect to the following areas of common interest: applying principles, criteria and standards of radiation protection and safety and translating them into regulatory terms; co-ordinating research and development; advancing education and training; promoting widespread information exchange; facilitating the transfer of technology and know-how; and providing services in radiation protection and safety.
Within this framework, the Sponsoring Organisations established a Joint Secretariat for the preparation of the International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources, the 'Standards', contained in this publication. The Joint Secretariat was co-ordinated by the IAEA. The Standards supersede the previous basic international standards and reflect knowledge gained subsequently and developments in radiation protection and safety and related fields.