Journalists are invited to attend a major International Conference in Bonn addressing radiation protection in medicine that will propose taking new steps to protect patients around the globe.
The week-long event will be attended by more than 600 delegates from 88 countries including representatives of 17 international organizations. An anticipated output of the Conference is a "Bonn Call for Action", outlining responsibilities of the main stakeholders regarding radiation protection in medicine.
Ursula Heinen-Esser, Paliamentary Secretary of State in Germany's Federal Ministry of Environment, will open the Conference in the former Parliament building in Bonn. The IAEA organized Conference is hosted by Germany and cosponsored by the World Health Organization.
A Press Conference planned for Monday, 3 December 2012 at 11:15 in the Conference Centre, will be given by Heinen-Esser and Wolfgang Weiss, former Head of the Department of Radiation Protection and Health of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) in Munich.
The IAEA is working actively to improve protection of patients and medical staff involved in delivering radiation procedures. In 2001 an IAEA-organized Conference provided an international Action Plan for Patient Protection since when there has been a significant increase in medical radiation uses.
More information about the Conference is available here.