Review of the radiological monitoring programmes

Last updated:
11 May 2007
A review of the Food Standards Agency’s radiological monitoring programmes was undertaken in February 2006. The review was carried out by a panel of four independent experts.

The purpose of the review was inform the future scope of the Agency’s radiological monitoring programmes when the programmes were re-tendered in late 2006. The 32 page report describes the review, the objectives and the panel’s recommendations for the future size and scope of the monitoring programmes.

The panel concluded that the current programmes were of sufficient size and scope to ensure that annual doses to critical or vulnerable groups of consumers could be calculated comparable to EU dose limits. The programmes met the Agency’s remit to protect public health and ensure that doses of man-made and natural radioactivity in foods did not pose an unacceptable risk to consumers.

The programmes also satisfactorily fulfilled the Agency’s obligations under the Euratom Treaty Articles 35 and 36 and OSPAR commitments. However, the panel considered that the Agency’s remit could probably be met by a slightly smaller programme than that currently in place. Although this might be at the expense of losing some data, the panel recommended potential savings that could be made without compromising the strategic value of the Agency’s programmes.