CERRIE was an independent Committee established by the UK Government in 2001, following concerns about the risks of internal radiation. The Committee operated between October 2001 and October 2004.

Although the Committee was set up and sponsored by two UK Government departments, DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and DH (Department of Health), it operated completely independently of them. Its Final Report was not vetted by any Government agency.


Remit of the Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters

"To consider the present risk models for radiation and health that apply to exposure to radiation from internal radionuclides in the light of recent studies and any further research that might be needed".



Purpose

In 2001 the Environment Minister Michael Meacher announced that there would be a review of models used to estimate health risks from radioactive materials taken into the body. This review was carried out by CERRIE, the Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters.

CERRIE's remit was:
"to consider the present risk models for radiation and health that apply to exposure to radiation from internal radionuclides in the light of recent studies and any further research that might be needed".

CERRIE was set up under the auspices of the Government's advisory Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE). CERRIE was sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department of Health. However CERRIE was completely independent of COMARE and the Government departments. The Committee's report described the views of all parties in the debate on risks of radiation. The Committee aimed to reach consensus, but where differences of view remained, it explained the reasons for these and recommended research to try to resolve them.

CERRIE's final Report was not subject to amendment by COMARE, the Department of Health or DEFRA. COMARE has considered the CERRIE Report and advised the Government on it. See www.comare.org.

CERRIE's meetings were not held in public. However, information on its meetings is available.


Structure

The Chairman of CERRIE was Professor Dudley Goodhead. The Committee's Members are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and viewpoints. The Committee's Secretariat was made up of two consultants. See who's who for more details.

The Chairman of COMARE, Professor Bryn Bridges, attended CERRIE meetings as an observer, as did officials from the Department of Health and DEFRA.

CERRIE is jointly financed by the Department of Health and DEFRA, who also provide other resources such as office space and meeting rooms. However, the Committee is fully independent of COMARE and the Government departments. Its final Report was a matter for the Committee alone and was not vetted by COMARE or any Government departments.

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Members and Secretariat of the CERRIE Committee (Professor Darby, Mr Bramhall and Mr Dorfman absent)


Who's Who

CERRIE Chairman:
Professor Dudley Goodhead
MRC Radiation and Genome Stability Unit
(Professor Goodhead retired from the MRC unit in 2003)

CERRIE Members: CERRIE Secretariat:
Dr Ian Fairlie, Mr Paul Dorfman