- establish and maintain an overview on national arrangements for occupational radiation in Europe
- allow easy information and experience exchange between experts in occupational radiation exposure
- provide the basis for the evaluation and assessments of occupational radiation exposure data
The European Commission initiated in 1997 the European Study on Occupational Radiation Exposure (ESOREX) which objectives were:
- to provide the European Commission and the national competent radiation protection authorities with reliable information on how personal radiation monitoring, reporting and recording of dosimetric results is structured in European countries;
- to collect reliable and directly comparable data on individual (levels of individual personal radiation doses to workers) and collective exposure in all occupational sectors where classified workers are employed (nuclear fuel cycle, medical sector, industry in general, research and education, and natural sources), and the trends and developments of these doses over a period of several years.
The last ESOREX symposium, involving representatives from organizations responsible, in all European Union Member States, Associated States and Candidate States, for the collection of dosimetric data and information on occupational radiation monitoring and exposure, took place in Prague (Czech Republic) in 2010.
As a result, it was proposed to establish a European Platform for Occupational Radiation Exposures for EU countries, associated countries and voluntary countries in which representatives from national dose registries and from dosimetry services can discuss emerging issues, assess dose trends and exchange experience.
The European Commission has entrusted the Institute of Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) with the development of the ESOREX Platform within a 3-year period.