OTHEA takes forward the work previously done in the UK (ie IRID, which has
now been replaced by OTHEA) and in France (ie the RELIR website).
The launch date for OTHEA is August 2010.
OTHEA is a bi-lingual (French and English) website, and the purpose is to
share the lessons learnt from radiological incidents that have occurred in the
industrial, medical, research and teaching, and other non-nuclear sectors. The
aim is not to capture every single incident, but to provide a range of reports
selected according to the value of the lessons learnt.
To encourage dissemination the incident reports are anonymous, ie any
information that could identify a particular individual, organisation or site is
removed. The reports can be freely downloaded and printed, for example for use
in radiation protection training courses.
OTHEA has been jointly created by the Centre d’étude sur l’évaluation de la
protection dans le domaine nucléaire (CEPN, France) and the Health Protection
Agency (HPA, UK). It is also supported by national radiation protection
societies and associations, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders (see
the OTHEA website for a full list of partner and supporting
The website contains a collection of incident reports, categorised according
to the sector and the type of application, and a search facility. Each report
contains a brief summary of the incident, the radiological consequences, and the
For OTHEA to be a long-term success, it needs to be sustained with new
reports. Therefore, as well as being invited to access the existing information,
users are encouraged to submit new reports that can be considered for inclusion
in OTHEA. Details on how to do this can be found on the website.
For more information, please go
to the OTHEA website