Guideline of the Council of the European Union dated 13th May 1996 to stipulate the basic safety standards for the protection of labour and the population against the hazards of ionizing radiation. The basic standards of 13th May 1996 are geared to the new scientific findings in radiological protection contained in the ICRP Publication 60. The member states of the EU are obliged to enact the required national legal and administrative regulations to implement the Euratom basic standard by 13th May 2000.

On 29 Oct 2011 the European Commission issued a “Proposal for a Council Directive laying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation; Draft presented under Article 31 Euratom Treaty for the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee” to be adopted by the Council of Ministers of the European Union