BS EN 62387:2016 - Radiation protection instrumentation. Passive integrating dosimetry systems for individual, workplace and environmental monitoring of photon and beta radiation

BS EN 62387:2016

Radiation protection instrumentation. Passive integrating dosimetry systems for individual, workplace and environmental monitoring of photon and beta radiation

Status : Current, Work in hand   Published : March 2016



This standard applies to all kinds of passive dosimetry systems that are used for measuring

  • the personal dose equivalent Hp(10) (for whole body dosimetry),

  • the personal dose equivalent Hp(3) (for eye lens dosimetry),

  • the personal dose equivalent Hp(0,07) (for both whole body and extremity dosimetry),

  • the ambient dose equivalent  H*(10) (for environmental dosimetry), or

  • the directional dose equivalent H’(0,07) (for environmental dosimetry).

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This standard applies to dosimetry systems that measure external photon and/or beta radiation in the dose range between 0,01 mSv and 10 Sv and in the energy ranges given in Table 1. All the energy values are mean energies with respect to the prevailing dose quantity. The dosimetry systems usually use electronic devices for the data evaluation and thus are often computer controlled.

Table 1
Mandatory and maximum energy ranges covered by this standard

[This table has been removed.]


The following beta radiation source are suggested for the different mean energies: For 0,06 MeV: 147Pm; for 0,8 MeV: 90Sr/ 90Y; for 1,2 Mev: 106Ru/ 106Rh.


For beta-particle radiation, an energy of 0,7 MeV is required to reach the radiation sensitive layers of the eye lens in a depth of about 3 mm (approximately 3 mm of ICRU tissue).


For beta-particle radiation, an energy of 0,07 MeV is required to penetrate the dead layer of skin of 0,07 mm (approximately 0,07 mm of ICRU tissue).


In this standard, “dose” means dose equivalent, unless otherwise stated.


For  Hp(10) and  H*(10) no beta radiation is considered. Reasons: 1)  Hp(10) and  H*(10) are a conservative estimate for the effective dose which is not a suitable quantity for beta radiation. 2) No conversion coefficients are available in ICRU 56, ICRU 57 or ISO 6980‑3 .


The maximum energy ranges are the energy limits within which type tests according to this standard are possible.

The test methods concerning the design ( Clause 8), the instruction manual ( Clause 9), the software ( Clause 10), environmental influences ( Clause 13), electromagnetic influences ( Clause 14), mechanical influences ( Clause 15), and the documentation ( Clause 16) are independent of the type of radiation. Therefore, they can also be applied to other dosimetry systems, e.g. for neutrons, utilizing the corresponding type of radiation for testing.

This standard is intended to be applied to dosimetry systems that are capable of evaluating doses in the required quantity and unit (Sv) from readout signals in any quantity and unit. The only correction that may be applied to the evaluated dose (indicated value) is the one resulting from natural background radiation using extra dosemeters.


The correction due to natural background can be made before or after the dose calculation.

Standard NumberBS EN 62387:2016
TitleRadiation protection instrumentation. Passive integrating dosimetry systems for individual, workplace and environmental monitoring of photon and beta radiation
StatusCurrent, Work in hand
Publication Date31 March 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)ISO 4037, ISO 6980, IEC 61000-4-5, IEC 61000-4-8, ISO 8529, IEC 61000-4-6, EN 61000-4-11, EN 61000-4-6, EN 61000-4-8, EN 61000-4-2, IEC 61000-4-2, ISO 6980-3, IEC 61000-4-11, IEC 61000-4-4, ISO 4037-3:1999, EN 61000-4-5, EN 61000-6-2, IEC 61000-4-3, ISO/IEC Guide 98-3:2008, IEC 61000-6-2, EN 61000-4-4, EN 61000-4-3, GUM:1995
Informative References(Provided for Information)EN 60359:2002, ICRP 75:1997, EN 60068-2-31, EN 62387:2016, ICRU Report 57:1998, ICRU Report 51:1993, ICRU Report 56:1997, EN 60904-3, IEC/TR 62461, IEC 60359:2001, IEC 60904-3, IEC 60050, ISO 6980-1:2006, ICRU Report 39:1985, ISO 4037-4:2004, ISO 6980-2:2004, ISO 4037-2:1997, ISO 4037-1:1996, IEC 60068-2-31, ISO 12794:2000
ReplacesBS EN 62387-1:2012
International RelationshipsEN 62387:2016,IEC 62387:2012
DescriptorsSpectroscopy, Radiation protection, Neutrons, Dosimeters, Detectors, Radionuclides, Identification methods, Measuring instruments, Performance, Photons, Portable, Radiation measurement, Radioactive materials, Manually-operated devices
Title in FrenchInstrumentation pour la radioprotection. Systèmes dosimétriques intégrés passifs pour la surveillance de l'individu et de l'environnement des rayonnements photoniques et bêta
Title in GermanStrahlenschutz-Messgeräte. Passive integrierende Dosimetriesysteme zur Personen-, Arbeitsplatz- und Umgebungsüberwachung auf Photonen- und Betastrahlung
ISBN978 0 580 86060 7
File Size3.506 MB

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