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Richard Martin, JD | Alexandria, VA

AAPM Newsletter — Volume 44 No. 3 — May | June 2019

Worldwide Radiation Safety Culture Addressed at San Diego Workshop

AAPM GRAC members joined others from the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), the World Health Organization (WHO), Image Lightly, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD), the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Health Physics Society (HPS), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and a patient advocacy group to discuss what radiation safety culture in medicine means to their organizations.

These discussions took place February 17–22 at the 6th IRPA IOMP WHO IAEA Workshop on Radiation Safety Culture in Health Care Workshop for North America. Steven King, GRAC Member, skillfully organized the workshop, held in conjunction with the Health Physics Midyear meeting, to gather experts working on a framework document on worldwide radiation safety culture in healthcare. Bette Blankenship, GRAC Chair, represented AAPM at this workshop.

This one-and-a-half-day meeting represented the final worldwide workshop on safety culture in healthcare. The group will now focus on drafting the framework document, which will present an important perspective on radiation safety culture. We will update you on developments.

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