In recent years, a number of events have occurred that highlight the necessity of being prepared for a possible large-scale radiological event. An important question is how well are European Union (EU) Member States prepared to cope with mass radiological casualties. A survey to establish the current status of biological dosimetry across the EU was carried out with the aim of assessing capacity to perform biodosimetric triage of accident victims. Information was sought from the radiation protection authorities of the 27 Member States plus Switzerland and Norway. Biology dosimetry is established in 15 EU countries. Their total capacity for dosimetric triage is about 1500 cases per week analysed with a dicentric assay or about 800 cases analysed with a micronucleus assay. Although these numbers appear encouraging, there is not much collaboration between the laboratories and what is required is a network at the EU level.
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Project funded by the European Commission (FP-7 Euratom programme) under grant agreement number 230660.