EC-JRC Proficiency Tests for Radioactivity Environmental Monitoring Laboratories (EC-JRC REM PTs)


On the basis of the EURATOM treaty Articles 35-36, monitoring and reporting of environmental radioactivity is one of the EU member states' obligations. Article 39 stipulates that the JRC shall assist the Commission in carrying out the tasks in Chapter 3 on Health and Safety (Articles 30-39). To verify the quality and the comparability of measurement results delivered by member states laboratories, JRC-Geel organises Proficiency Tests (PTs) on the measurement of radionuclides in different environmental matrices. The EC-JRC REM (Radioactivity Environmental Monitoring) PTs are organised under a mandate from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy. A recent brief report has been published that summarised the results of the PTs since 2003 download

 Upcoming PT: 232Th, 226Ra, 40K in building materials

Table1. Summary of EC-JRC proficiency tests.

Year

Matrix

Radionuclide(s)

Status

Report

2020 Building materials 232Th, 226Ra, 40K Planned

2019

Water

Gross alpha/beta activity

Completed

Being drafted

2018

Water

222Rn

Completed

Link

2017

Maize powder

134/137Cs, 131I

Completed

Being drafted

2016**

Air filter

134/137Cs, 131I

Completed

Link

2014

Air filter

137Cs

Completed

Link

2012

Water

Gross alpha/beta activity

Completed

Link

2011

Bilberry

90Sr, 137Cs, 40K

Completed

Link

2010

Soil

40K, 137Cs, 212/214Bi, 212/214Pb, 226Ra, 230/232Th, 234/235/238U, 238/239/240Pu, 90Sr

Completed

Link

2008

Water

238/234U, 226/228Ra

Completed

Link

2005

Milk powder

134/137Cs, 40K, 90Sr

Completed

Link

2003

Air filter

137Cs

Completed

Link

*Tbd.- to be decided

**within the MetroERM (metrology for radiological early warning networks in Europe) EURAMET research project.

Related documents

  • A technical report from JRC-Geel describing how 106Ru in practice is detected and quantified in environmental samples using gamma-ray spectrometry.In addition to a general description and list of pitfalls, it includes useful tables with coincidence summing corrections. Download 

  • EC, 2013. European Union Council Directive 2013/51/EURATOM of 22 October 2013 laying down requirements for the protection of the health of the general public with regard to radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption.

  •  EURATOM Treaty Consolidated Version of the Treaty Establishing the European Atomic Energy Community (2012/C 327/01) (2012) Article 35–36, 39.

  •  Council Directive 2013/59/EURATOM of 5 December 2013, laying down the basic safety standards for protection against the dangers from exposure to ionising radiation.


Contact: JRC-GEE-REM-COMPARISONS@ec.europa.eu

Last Modified: 01 September 2020

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