Bonn Call for Action Platform

Information about the Bonn Call for Action Conference and the follow-up actions

Bonn, Germany, 3-7 December 2012

The “International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine: Setting the Scene for the Next Decade” was held 3-7 December 2012 in Bonn, Germany. It was organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), and hosted by the Government of Germany through the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The Conference had the specific purpose of identifying and addressing issues arising in radiation protection in medicine, and aimed to:

  • indicate gaps in current approaches to radiation protection in medicine
  • identify tools for improving radiation protection in medicine
  • review advances, challenges and opportunities in the field of radiation protection in medicine and
  • assess the impact of the International Action Plan for the Radiation Protection of Patients, in order to prepare new international recommendations, taking into account newer developments.

Conference Presentations »

Proceedings of the International Conference

The Proceedings have been published and can be accessed online >>

Joint Position Statement

536 participants from 77 countries and 16 international organizations attended the Conference, and an important outcome was the identification of responsibilities and a proposal for priorities for stakeholders regarding radiation protection in medicine for the next decade. 

This specific outcome is the Bonn Call-for-Action. It is a statement that identifies the main actions considered to be essential for the strengthening of radiation protection in medicine. Participants and organizations, who attended the Conference expressed the need for a joint statement to be issued by the IAEA and the WHO.

The Bonn Call-for-Action highlights ten main actions, and related sub-actions, that were identified as being essential for the strengthening of radiation protection in medicine over the next decade. The actions are not listed in order of importance. Action by all stakeholders is encouraged.

Full text of the Statement 
in English »  
in Russian »
in Spanish » 
in Portuguese » 

Cover note from the Director of the Division of Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

10 Proposed Actions

Action 1: Enhance the implementation of the principle of justification
Action 2: Enhance the implementation of the principle of optimization of protection and safety
Action 3: Strengthen manufacturers’ role in contributing to the overall safety regime
Action 4: Strengthen radiation protection education and training of health professionals
Action 5: Shape and promote a strategic research agenda for radiation protection in medicine
Action 6: Increase availability of improved global information on medical exposures and occupational
exposures in medicine
Action 7: Improve prevention of medical radiation incidents and accidents
Action 8: Strengthen radiation safety culture in health care
Action 9: Foster an improved radiation benefit-risk-dialogue
Action 10: Strengthen the implementation of safety requirements globally

See internet links to activities related to the Bonn Call for Action >>


A brochure has been developed that can be downloaded freely from both, the IAEA and WHO website.

The brochure presents 10 actions and related sub-actions to improve radiation protection in medicine in the next decade.

View the full brochure
in English »
in Portuguese »

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