2-3 Jun 2015 Second Asian Workshop on the Ethical Dimensions of the System of Radiological Protection

Second Asian Workshop on the Ethical Dimensions of the System of Radiological Protection was held at Fukushima Medical University on 2-3 June 2015. About 50 experts, residents and students participated in this workshop.

On the first day, first of all, Dr. Chieko KURIHARA from the National Institute of Radiological Science lectured on “State of current reflections of ICRP Task Group 94 on the ethics of radiological protection”. Her slides are here.

Subsequently, 9 experts made their presentations. Slides are available by clicking on the underlined title.

1. A line dividing people’s life. Ryoko ANDO, Ethos in Fukushima, Japan

2. The relationship among stakeholders-experts, communicators, mediators, etc. in radiological protection: comparison with the existing public health service system in Japan. Makoto MIYAZAKI, Fukushima Medical University, Japan

3. Ethical considerations on the empowerment of people affected by contamination after a nuclear accident. François ROLLINGER, IRSN, France

4. Deontological approaches to the ethics of radiological protection during the post-nuclear accident phase. Michio MIYASAKA, Niigata University, Japan

5. An ethical dimension to sustainable restoration and long-term management of contaminated areas. Deborah OUGHTON. Norwegian University of Life Science, Oslo, Norway

6. A role for medical professionals during a radiation disaster: effective risk communication. Atsushi KUMAGAI, Fukushima Medical University, Japan

7. Implementing ethics in radiological protection decision making: application to post-accident situations: Nicole MARTINEZ, Clemson University, USA

8. Paradigm shift? Post-Fukushima radiological protection in nuclear countries. Kathleen ARAÚJO, Stony Brook University, USA

9. Some ethical reflections on risk assessment in post-nuclear accident situations: Gaston MESKENS, SCK-CEN, Belgium

After 9 presentations, the participants in 4 breakout groups discussed ethical aspects of radiological disasters and their aftermath.

On the second day, the participants continued discussing ethics in 4 breakout groups. In the afternoon, the participants got together in one room and nominees from each breakout group reported their groups’ conclusions. Participants discussed the outcome of each group.
The chairman, Mr. Chris Clement, Scientific Secretary of ICRP decided that the conclusion paper would be made by some participants based on the discussions and be released.

Summary Report


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