Consultation on the Canadian Guidelines for Protective Actions during a Nuclear Emergency

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The online consultation is now closed. Comments and suggestions received during the public consultation period are being considered. Thank you for your input.

Health Canada is seeking stakeholder feedback on the draft “Canadian Guidelines for Protective Actions during a Nuclear Emergency”. This guidance is an update to and combination of two existing Health Canada guidance documents, the “Canadian Guidelines for Intervention During a Nuclear Emergency” (HC, 2003) and the “Canadian Guidelines for the Restriction of Radioactively Contaminated Food and Water Following a Nuclear Emergency” (HC, 2000). The revised guidance has been developed with a focus on practical implementation, taking into account lessons learned from the application of the existing guidance during Canada’s response to the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant emergency, and incorporating the most recent recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Comments and suggestions on the draft “Canadian Guidelines for Protective Actions during a Nuclear Emergency” are welcomed.

How to Get Involved

The draft “Canadian Guidelines for Protective Actions during a Nuclear Emergency” can be obtained by contacting the Radiation Protection Bureau of Health Canada:

By Email at:

Or by mail through the following address:

Radiation Protection Bureau
Environmental and Radiation Health Sciences Directorate
775 Brookfield Road (AL 6301A)
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1C1
Re: Consultation – Canadian Guidelines for Protective Actions During a Nuclear Emergency

Comments may be submitted via email or mail to the Radiation Protection Bureau at the above noted coordinates with respondents including the title of the consultation document in the subject line or address.

Comments and suggestions are requested by August 2, 2016.

Reporting to Canadians

Following the consultation, Health Canada will finalize and publish the revised Guideline on the Radiation – Technical Reports and Publications webpage, as well as a summary of the comments received during the consultation.

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