RENEB–Running the European Network of biological dosimetry and physical retrospective dosimetry

Ulrike Kulka, Michael Abend, Elizabeth Ainsbury, Christophe Badie, Joan Francesc Barquinero, Lleonard Barrios, Christina Beinke, Emanuela Bortolin, Alexandra Cucu, Andrea De Amicis, Inmaculada Domínguez, Paola Fattibene, Anne Marie Frøvig, Eric Gregoire, Kamile Guogyte, Valeria Hadjidekova, Alicja Jaworska, Ralf Kriehuber, Carita Lindholm, David LloydKatalin Lumniczky, Fiona Lyng, Roberta Meschini, Simone Mörtl, Sara Della Monaca, Octávia Monteiro Gil, Alegria Montoro, Jayne Moquet, Mercedes Moreno, Ursula Oestreicher, Fabrizio Palitti, Gabriel Pantelias, Clarice Patrono, Laure Piqueret-Stephan, Matthias Port, María Jesus Prieto, Roel Quintens, Michelle Ricoul, Horst Romm, Laurence Roy, Géza Sáfrány, Laure Sabatier, Natividad Sebastià, Sylwester Sommer, Georgia Terzoudi, Antonella Testa, Hubert Thierens, Istvan Turai, François Trompier, Marco Valente, Pedro Vaz, Philippe Voisin, Anne Vral, Clemens Woda, Demetre Zafiropoulos, Andrzej Wojcik

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© 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Purpose: A European network was initiated in 2012 by 23 partners from 16 European countries with the aim to significantly increase individualized dose reconstruction in case of large-scale radiological emergency scenarios. Results: The network was built on three complementary pillars: (1) an operational basis with seven biological and physical dosimetric assays in ready-to-use mode, (2) a basis for education, training and quality assurance, and (3) a basis for further network development regarding new techniques and members. Techniques for individual dose estimation based on biological samples and/or inert personalized devices as mobile phones or smart phones were optimized to support rapid categorization of many potential victims according to the received dose to the blood or personal devices. Communication and cross-border collaboration were also standardized. To assure long-term sustainability of the network, cooperation with national and international emergency preparedness organizations was initiated and links to radiation protection and research platforms have been developed. A legal framework, based on a Memorandum of Understanding, was established and signed by 27 organizations by the end of 2015. Conclusions: RENEB is a European Network of biological and physical-retrospective dosimetry, with the capacity and capability to perform large-scale rapid individualized dose estimation. Specialized to handle large numbers of samples, RENEB is able to contribute to radiological emergency preparedness and wider large-scale research projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-14
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017


  • Biological dosimetry
  • dose estimation
  • emergency preparedness
  • networking
  • physical retrospective dosimetry


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