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Continuous professional development in radiation protection | Ethical aspects of radiological protection

Faculty Club
Room St. Barbara
Groot Begijnhof 14


Ionising radiation offers various applications in industry and in the medical sector. It is a challenge to sufficiently protect the workers, public and environment against possible detrimental effects of radiation.

This training session is part of a series of sessions organised in the framework of the continuous professional development in radiation protection and for radiation protection experts. The aim is to discuss the most recent status of relevant subjects in radiation protection for professionals responsible for the supervision of exposed workers, public and environment.

This CPD session starts with an analysis of the complexity of nuclear risk governance to then link these insights to the question of how approaches to science as policy advise and political decision making could ‘generate societal trust’. The idea is that this trust would need to be generated ‘by method instead of proof’, regardless of whether the outcome of decision making would be acceptance or rejection of the technology. Case studies thereby inspire theoretical reflection and vice-versa.

The overall aim of this CPD session is to stimulate thinking and dialogue with respect to

  • the complexity of the relation between ethics, science and technology in the case of nuclear technology applications;
  • the moral foundations of health risk governance and medical ethics in general and of radiological protection in particular;
  • the practical implications for research and policy.

Special attention will be given to the context of medical applications. The focus in this context will be on an approach rooted in the medical tradition and ‘alert to contemporary social expectations’ [1], with the aim to provide course participants with a practical framework against which they can assess the safety and acceptability of medical procedures, including patients’ concerns.

[1] Malone, J., Zölzer, F., Meskens, G., & Skourou, C. (2018). Ethics for Radiation Protection in Medicine (1st ed.). CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315148779


All professionals who are directly involved in the control or supervision of radiation protection issues, such as:

  • Medical Doctors for medical supervision;
  • Experts in Health Physics.

This training session is eligible for 3 hours of continuous professional development in radiation protection for the prolongation of the certification of occupational doctors. A certificate of attendance will be provided.


Het volledige programma kan hier worden gedownload:

Programme_CPD Ethical aspects_20221123.pdf


Knowledge of the basic principles of ionising radiation is recommended, but not required.


No preparation is required for this training course.


The registration fee is 223,85 EUR, VAT included (185,00 EUR + 21% VAT).

Cancellation with total refund is only possible until November 8, 2022.

Your registration is only final when you have made your payment by creditcard or bank transfer. When registering, the SCK CEN Academy will send you a separate e-mail with further instructions related to your payment. If you would need further assistance, please contact academy [at] sckcen [dot] be.The invoice will be sent to your organisation after the training course. If you need an invoice before the start of the training session, please let us know and provide us with your invoice data.


Please register yourself via the registration button above before November 7, 2022.

Cancellation with total refund is only possible until November 8, 2022.

SCK CEN reserves the right to cancel a training course or event (e.g. in case of low number of registrations) without reimbursement of already made travel and accommodation arrangements.

We attach great importance to the safety of our trainees. SCK CEN has the right to modify the programme, cancel or postpone the training course at any time based on further instructions imposed by the Belgian government or internal instructions by the SCK CEN General Management related to the current COVID-19 pandemic.


The training session takes place on November 23, 2022 from 14 h until 17 h in the Faculty Club, Groot Begijnhof 14, 3000 Leuven.

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