Guidance

Embryo, fetus and breastfed infant: application of dose coefficients

This document (RCE-5) provides guidance on the application of these dose coefficients in relation to different exposure situations.

Document

RCE-5: guidance on the application of dose coefficients for the embryo, fetus and breastfed infant in dose assessments for members of the public

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Information is given on the dose coefficients and the related guidance previously given by the International Commission on Radiological Protection and the National Radiological Protection Board.

The importance of considering doses resulting from in utero exposures to radionuclides and their transfer in breast milk is assessed, based on a series of calculations carried out for routine discharges of radionuclides to the environment. The applicability of the results for emergency exposure situations and solid waste disposal is also addressed.

Published 1 March 2008