Conclusion Main

The International Chernobyl Project was the largest multi-national interdisciplinary venture ever undertaken in the field of radiological protection. Even with limited objectives, it was a huge logistical task; the necessity of a tight schedule added to the burden. Scientists from many lands gave freely of their time and skill. Government institutions, organisations, and commercial companies provided equipment and supplies, without which some major parts of the work could not have been carried out. There also were extensive assistance and contributions from many authorities at the All-Union and Republic levels in the USSR and from the scientists, experts, technical, and administrative staff of the affected Republics who co-operated with the visiting project teams.

The International Advisory Committee, responsible for the project, is of the opinion that the project represents a much needed international humanitarian and scientific response to the needs of the authorities and the people of the USSR who were affected by the Chernobyl accident.

For the future, lessons have been learned by every country in the world which will help in formulating and strengthening radiological protection policies and in the public presentation and understanding of these policies.

Future scientific studies being planned and co-ordinated on an international scale will contribute to fuller understanding of the effects of contamination and radiation exposure and thence to the improved protection of all peoples worldwide.

Note: This brochure gives only a brief account of the large volume of data gathered during the project and of considered opinions by doctors and scientists who undertook the work. The International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, which co-ordinated the project, can provide additional information on request.