Science & Technology in Action

Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland

The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) is an independent scientific organisation under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Since its establishment in 1992, the RPII has played a vital role in:

  • Educating the public on the risks of ionising radiation
  • Contributing to Government policy on radiation protection matters
  • Licensing and regulating the possession and use of ionising radiation in medicine, industry, research and education
  • Maintaining a national laboratory for the measurement of radioactivity levels in the environment
  • Providing an instrument calibration service
  • Assisting in the development of national plans to deal with nuclear accidents and incidents
  • Conducting and promoting research on a range of areas relevant to radiation protection

  • Drawing up national radon maps indicating the geographic areas most likely to be affected by high indoor radon concentrations 

  • Driving forward programmes of radon measurement and remediation in homes, workplaces and schools

  • Representing Ireland on international bodies dealing with radiation protection and nuclear matters

  • Cooperating with radiation protection authorities and other relevant organisations overseas.