RENEB accident simulation exercise

Beata Brzozowska*, Elizabeth Ainsbury, Annelot Baert, Lindsay Beaton-Green, Leonardo Barrios, Joan Francesc Barquinero, Celine Bassinet, Christina Beinke, Anett Benedek, Philip Beukes, Emanuela Bortolin, Iwona Buraczewska, Christopher Burbidge, Andrea De Amicis, Cinzia De Angelis, Sara Della Monaca, Julie Depuydt, Stefania De Sanctis, Katalin Dobos, Mercedes Moreno DomeneInmaculada Domínguez, Eva Facco, Paola Fattibene, Monika Frenzel, Octávia Monteiro Gil, Géraldine Gonon, Eric Gregoire, Gaëtan Gruel, Valeria Hadjidekova, Vasiliki I. Hatzi, Rositsa Hristova, Alicja Jaworska, Enikő Kis, Maria Kowalska, Ulrike Kulka, Florigio Lista, Katalin Lumniczky, Wilner Martínez-López, Roberta Meschini, Simone Moertl, Jayne Moquet, Mihaela Noditi, Ursula Oestreicher, Manuel Luis Orta Vázquez, Valentina Palma, Gabriel Pantelias, Alegria Montoro Pastor, Clarice Patrono, Laure Piqueret-Stephan, Maria Cristina Quattrini, Elisa Regalbuto, Michelle Ricoul, Sandrine Roch-Lefevre, Laurence Roy, Laure Sabatier, Lucia Sarchiapone, Natividad Sebastià, Sylwester Sommer, Mingzhu Sun, Yumiko Suto, Georgia Terzoudi, Francois Trompier, Anne Vral, Ruth Wilkins, Demetre Zafiropoulos, Albrecht Wieser, Clemens Woda, Andrzej Wojcik

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Purpose: The RENEB accident exercise was carried out in order to train the RENEB participants in coordinating and managing potentially large data sets that would be generated in case of a major radiological event. Materials and methods: Each participant was offered the possibility to activate the network by sending an alerting email about a simulated radiation emergency. The same participant had to collect, compile and report capacity, triage categorization and exposure scenario results obtained from all other participants. The exercise was performed over 27 weeks and involved the network consisting of 28 institutes: 21 RENEB members, four candidates and three non-RENEB partners. Results: The duration of a single exercise never exceeded 10 days, while the response from the assisting laboratories never came later than within half a day. During each week of the exercise, around 4500 samples were reported by all service laboratories (SL) to be examined and 54 scenarios were coherently estimated by all laboratories (the standard deviation from the mean of all SL answers for a given scenario category and a set of data was not larger than 3 patient codes). Conclusions: Each participant received training in both the role of a reference laboratory (activating the network) and of a service laboratory (responding to an activation request). The procedures in the case of radiological event were successfully established and tested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-80
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017

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© 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • RENEB network
  • accident simulation
  • radiobiological event


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