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Bonn Call for Action Implementation Toolkit

​The Implementation Toolkit has been created as a result of the IAEA International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine in 2017, co-sponsored by the WHO and PAHO. It supports the general development of radiation protection and specific challenges that practitioners face.

The Bonn Call for Action seeks to foster coordinated work to address issues arising in radiation protection in medicine. 

It was issued at an IAEA-organized international conference held in Bonn, Germany in 2012, co-sponsored by WHO, and followed-up at the conference in Vienna, Austria in 2017. 

The Bonn conference aimed to:

  • Indicate gaps in current approaches to radiation protection in medicine;
  • Identify tools for improving radiation protection in medicine; 
  • Review advances, challenges and opportunities in the field of radiation protection in medicine;
  • Assess the impact of the International Action Plan for the Radiation Protection of Patients, in order to prepare new international recommendations, taking into account newer developments. 

In 2017, the International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine: Achieving Change in Practice reviewed actions and developments since the Bonn conference, with a focus on progress in response to its Call for Action. The Conference reviewed the overall approach to the implementation of these actions and looked at how international organizations and other stakeholders could harmonize their actions for better impact. Stakeholders discussed the new developments affecting radiation protection in medicine. 

The Bonn Call for Action proposes 10 actions to improve radiation protection in medicine in the next decade. The tools in the Implementation Toolkit directly support all of these actions.

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Proposed Actions

  1. Enhance the implementation of the principle of justification
  2. Enhance the implementation of the principle of optimization of protection and safety
  3. Strengthen manufacturers’ role in contributing to the overall safety regime
  4. Strengthen radiation protection education and training of health professionals
  5. Shape and promote a strategic research agenda for radiation protection in medicine
  6. Increase availability of improved global information on medical exposures and occupational exposures in medicine
  7. Improve prevention of medical radiation incidents and accidents
  8. Strengthen radiation safety culture in health care
  9. Foster an improved radiation benefit–risk dialogue
  10. Strengthen the implementation of safety requirements globally