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.

Dr Ian Fairlie

Ian Fairlie is an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment. He has degrees in chemistry from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, and in radiation biology from Barts Medical College in London. His doctoral studies at Imperial College examined dosimetric impacts of nuclide discharges at Sellafield and la Hague.

In the past, Dr Fairlie worked on occupational health issues at the Trades Union Congress, and as radiation advisor to Greenpeace Canada. He has advised environmental NGOs, the European Parliament, attorneys and local and national authorities in a number of countries.

Dr Fairlie has also worked at MAFF, SEPA and FSA on radiation protection matters, and was on the Secretariat of the FSA's recent Consultative Exercise on Dose Assessments on radiation doses to critical groups near nuclear facilities. Until recently, he was technical advisor to environmental NGOs on BNFL's National Stakeholder Dialogue. Dr Fairlie has written on various matters on radiation protection, including tritium dosimetry, nuclide speciation, and the utility of collective doses. His interests include opera, classical music, tennis and cycling the length of France.

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