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Home National Radiation Emergency Medical Center Activities KIRAMS-REMPAN Workshop

Medical Preparedness and Response to Radiation Emergencies
The International KIRAMS-REMPAN Workshop co-sponsored by WHO
Seoul, Republic of Korea — 10-11 March, 2015

I. General Information

The Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences (hereinafter, KIRAMS), as the only institute in Korea dedicated to radiation medical preparedness and response, radiological research and medical care of radiation medicine, has worked to advance science and technology in fields of radiation medicine since its foundation in 1963. KIRAMS, is a government affiliated
specialized medical facility with a mandate to provide training on medical response to radiation emergencies and to act as
a lead technical body on issues pertaining to clinical case management and follow-up of over-exposed persons
(website: ) .
KIRAMS is organizing an international expert meeting on medical response for radiation emergencies (RN) in cooperation with WHO (formal co-sponsorship request pending). The aim of the meeting is to allow participants from Asian countries to present and receive the latest information on their respective national experiences with response to radiation emergencies, as well as to identify strengths and gaps in their national medical response. This will facilitate inter-regional, sub-regional and bilateral arrangements for future cooperation towards strengthening regional capacity to respond to RN emergencies. The meeting goals will be achieved by exchanging of ideas in round-table discussions, as well as by receiving information from international experts on the subject matter.
The target audience includes public health policy makers, emergency response planners, heads of specialized medical facilities, and other relevant officials from the health sector who have a role in the national or local system of medical emergency response to RN emergencies.
The international expert meeting will focus on two main areas: (1) post-Fukushima status of radiation emergency preparedness and response in Western Pacific and South-East Asian countries and existing international instruments for response; (2) psycho-social effects of radiation emergencies and the role of risk communication in managing the consequences of RN emergencies.

Expected outcomes of the meeting include:
- to develop a better understanding of national and neighboring countries arrangements, linkages to the
international arrangements for medical response to RN emergencies, including those implemented under
Emergency Conventions and International Health Regulations (IHR (2005))
- to identify gaps and to discuss ways of filling those gaps through bi-regional cooperation
- to discuss the importance of psycho-social consequences of RN emergencies, and to review the
experience of Fukushima and Chernobyl aftermath, and the role of risk communication in mitigating such
The official language of this meeting is English.


lecture material
Time Session/Talk Speaker
09:00 Opening Session Chairs: SS. Lee and Zhanat Carr
09:00 ~ 09:30 Welcome from the hosts
Welcome from WHO
Introduction of participants
Housekeeping announcements
09:30 ~ 09:50 WHO's role in strengthening global preparedness to radiological and nuclear emergencies Z. Carr
09:50 ~ 10:10 International Health Regulations and National Capacities for Radiation Emergencies in the Western Pacific Hisashi Ogawa
10:10 ~ 10:30 Work in WHO SEARO on strengthening preparedness and response to radiological and chemical emergencies Thanjira Jiranantakan
10:30 ~ 10:35 Group Photo
10:35 ~ 11:00 Coffee break
Session 1. Strengthening the radiation emergency medical response systems in Asia S. Muston, T. Jiranantakan
11:00 ~ 11:40 Special lecture
Improvement on radiation emergency medical response system
in Japan after Fukushima
H. Tatsuzaki
11:40 ~ 12:00 Presentation on RN EPR medical response arrangements in Korea SS. Lee, Soyon Kim
12:20 ~ 12:30 Q&As
12:30 ~ 14:00 Lunch
Session 1 – continued
14:00 ~ 14:15 Radiological and nuclear EPR arrangements in Australia Scott Muston
14:15 ~ 14:30 Radiological and nuclear emergency preparedness and response arrangements in the Philippines Agnette P. Peralta
14:30 ~ 14:45 Regulations of preparedness andresponse to radiation emergenices in Vietnam Bui Khanh Toan
14:45 ~ 15:00 Presentation on RN EPR arrangements in Singapore Jeannie Tey
15:00 ~ 15:15 Medical response to radiation emergencies in Sri Lanka Sugi Perera
15:15 ~ 15:30 Q&As
15:30 ~ 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 ~ 16:15 Presentation on RN EPR arrangements in Thailand Chaiyapron Boonsri
16:15 ~ 16:30 RN EPR arrangement in Malaysia Daud bin Abdul Rahim
16:30 ~ 16:45 Presentation on RN EPR arrangements in Maldives Sheeza Ali
16:45 ~ 17:00 Status of radiation monitoring and dosimetry practices in Nepal Buddha Ram Sah
17:00 ~ 17:15 Presentation on RN EPR arrangements in Bhutan Dechen P Nidup
17:15 ~ 17:30 Q&As
17:30 ~ 18:00 Discussion
Day 2
Session 1 – continued
09:00 ~ 10:00 Round table discussion – where are the gaps in the region and what are the possibilities for cooperation towards strengthening health sector's preparedness to RN emergencies Moderators:
Scott Muston,
10:00 ~ 10:30 Chair's Summary on regional capacities and gaps and development of recommendations for next steps Scott Muston
10:30 ~ 10:50 Coffee break
Session 2. Psychosocial impact of RN emergency and role of risk communication
10:50 ~ 11:20 Health risks and anxieties due to radionuclides after the Fukushima accident Atsushi Kumagai and Michio Murakami
11:20 ~ 11:40 Risk perception & Risk communication Ik Jae Chung
11:40 ~ 12:10 The role of risk communication in managing emergency and key principles of efficient risk communication, role of social media? Joy Rivaca
12:10 ~ 13:30 Lunch
13:30 ~ 14:30 Round table discussion on psycho-social aspects of radiation emergencies and the role of public communication in managing emergency response and recovery Moderator: Joy Rivaca,
Ik Jae Chung
14:30 ~ 15:00 Meeting Summary Chair
15:00 ~ 16:00 Move to KIRAMS TBD
16:00 ~ 17:00 KIRAMS Tour
17:00 ~ 17:50 International system of preparedness and response to radiological and nuclear emergencies F.Baciu IAEA IEC –
by videoconference
17:50 ~ 18:00 Closing Remarks SS. Lee