The European Platform on Preparedness for Nuclear and Radiological Emergency (‘NERIS’) was launched in 2010, as a successor to EURANOS (2004 - 2009) that was established to improve the coherence and efficiency of planning for and responding to any European radiation emergency and long-term rehabilitation situation.
To date, 43 organisations from 26 countries have already joined NERIS which comprises national and local authorities, technical support organisations, professional organisations, research institutes, universities and non-governmental organisations.
NERIS has a RODOS Users Group (RUG) ensuring that the needs of end-users of RODOS are adequately considered in the development of RODOS.
The European approach to nuclear and radiological emergency management and rehabilitation strategies (‘EURANOS’) is a 5-year multi-national project (2004 - 2009), funded by the European Commission and 23 European Member States.
EURANOS brings together best practice, knowledge and technology to enhance preparedness for Europe’s response to any radiation emergency and long-term rehabilitation, integrating 17 national emergency management organisations with 33 research institutes.
It published data sheets and handbooks for decontamination technologies and management of contaminated drinking water and food production systems in Europe following a radiological emergency, some of which have already been translated into Japanese by the Clean-up committee of Atomic Energy Society of Japan(‘AESJ’).
The Real-time online decision support system (‘RODOS’) is a model system that provides consistent and comprehensive information on the current and future radiological situation.
RODOS can be adapted according to characteristics of each region, through the European Model for Inhabited Areas (‘ERMIN’), Agricultural Countermeasure Program (‘AgriCP’), Hydrological Dispersion Module (‘HDM’) and Forest Food Chain and Dose Module (‘FDMF’). For example, ERMIN enables its users to predict changes in the radiation dose rate before and after decontamination in their residential area.