The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) is an organizationally independent scientific-technical higher federal authority within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The BfS works for the safety and protection of humans and the environment against damages caused by ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. The BfS informs the population and advises the Federal Government on all questions of radiation protection. More than 500 employees assess radiation risks, monitor environmental radioactivity, actively support radiological emergency protection and perform sovereign tasks, including medical and occupational radiation protection. Ultraviolet radiation and radiation-relevant aspects of digitalization and energy system transformation are further fields of work. As the scientific-technical higher federal authority, BfS conducts research and is networked with national and international experts. The BfS is the international Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization (WHO) for ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and health. Further information can be found at www.bfs.de
The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is responsible for a range of government policies that are reflected in the name of the ministry itself. The ministry has been working over 30 years now to protect the public from environmental toxins and radiation and to establish an intelligent and efficient use of raw materials, to advance climate action and to promote a use of natural resources that conserves biodiversity and secures habitats. In the field of non-ionizing radiation, the task of the BMU with regard to optical radiation is, among other things, to ensure the protection of the population against the health consequences of ultraviolet radiation. Further information can be found at www.bmu.de
Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) is the national authority and expert body in matters concerning nuclear security, radiation use, natural radiation and radioactive contamination in the environment. DSA is a directorate for the Ministry of Health and Care Services, the Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and supports other ministries when necessary. DSA administers relevant regulations, monitors and guides activities that includes radiation. DSA communicates with its surroundings, gives advice, administers and develops knowledge.
One goal in DSAs strategic plan for 2018 to 2020 is to reduce incidence and mortality of skin cancer in Norway due to UV exposure from the sun and solariums. In March 2019, DSA published a national UV and skin cancer strategy with goals and proposed measures. The strategy, covering the period 2019-2023, is formed together with relevant authorities and agencies and in cooperation with actors from stakeholder groups. DSA shall contribute to the work of relevant authorities and professional communities in the follow-up of the measures under this strategy. DSA shall also work for greater understanding of the effects of UV and doses for the population and for renewing the national monitoring of natural UV.
The Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland (STUK) is the authority and expert organization responsible for monitoring radiation and nuclear safety, and natural radiation in Finland. STUK employs about 350 experts in various fields. The purpose of STUK’s operations is to protect people, society, the environment and future generations from the harmful effects of radiation.
STUK monitors nuclear power stations, nuclear materials and nuclear waste, and the use of radiation in health care, industry and research. STUK is also responsible for the monitoring of non-ionising radiation, such as sunbeds, mobile phones and lasers. The majority of STUK’s employees also participate in emergency preparedness operations.
Public Health England (PHE) exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. PHE is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care. The Laser and Optical Radiation Dosimetry Group runs the PHE solar monitoring network with sites across the UK, plus one each in the Republic of Ireland, Gibraltar and Cyprus. The Group’s research covers the beneficial and detrimental effects of optical radiation on people, providing advice to the UK Government, organizations and the public. The Groups is also part of the organization’s Collaborating Centre with the World Health Organization.
The Danish Cancer Society is a democratic, disease-combating association based on support, membership and volunteering. The Danish Cancer Society has more than 400,000 members - and almost 45,000 volunteers. The vision of the Danish Cancer Society is: A life without cancer and the mission is 1) Increasing cancer survival rates 2) Reducing the number of cancer cases 3) Improving life with cancer.
The Norwegian Cancer Society (NCS) is a nation-wide, non-profit voluntary organisation established in 1938. Donors and members, as well as corporate sponsors, support the Society’s work.
Representing the voice of those affected by cancer in Norway, the Norwegian Cancer Society is a watchdog, an advocate and a service provider working to ensure that fewer people develop cancer, that more people survive cancer when diagnosed, and that cancer patients and their relatives maintain the best possible quality of life.
One of the organisation’s goals is the prevention and early detection of skin cancer. As the only non-profit organization in Norway working towards this goal, NCS host an annual event for relevant stakeholders - the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA), dermatologists, the Cancer Registry and researchers. NCS monitor the sun habits of Norwegians, and in cooperation with dermatologists, we have established a yearly awareness campaign, Skin Cancer Day.
Making a difference in Cancer Control in Europe since 1980
The Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) is a non-profit, pan-European umbrella organisation of national and regional cancer societies. Located in Brussels, ECL provides an exclusive platform for members to collaborate with their international peers, primarily in the areas of cancer prevention, tobacco control, access to medicines and patient support, and creates opportunities to advocate for these issues at the EU level.
ECL’s VISION: A Europe free of cancers ECL’s MISSION: To advocate for improved cancer control and care in Europe through facilitating collaboration between cancer leagues, and influencing EU and pan-European policies.
The ILDS provides ongoing leadership and support to foster initiatives, projects and policies with global impact for those affected by skin disease. They want to attain the best possible skin health for all people around the world.
Their mission is to increase awareness, cooperation and communication within the global dermatology community to promote high quality education, clinical care, research and innovation that will improve skin health globally.
The International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) is an international non-governmental professional society whose aims are to foster the scientific progress, knowledge and development of occupational health and safety in all its aspects. It was founded in 1906 in Milan as the Permanent Commission on Occupational Health. Today, ICOH is the world's leading international scientific society in the field of occupational health with a membership of 2,000 professionals from 105 countries.
Since 1924, the Anti-Cancer Foundation has been one of the major actors in the field of cancer control in Belgium at a national level, and is also part of an extensive international network. As a national independent center of expertise, the foundation is able to have a broad and impartial view and identify priorities and effective actions. UV prevention is one of the key priorities of the foundation.
The missions of the Cancer Foundation are:
- Providing financial support to the best research teams. Scientific research is needed to overcome cancer and to turn hope into reality step by step by finding treatments that increase the survival and quality of life of patients.
- Act when necessary, in particular by financing psychosocial projects that help improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer of their loved ones.
- Mobilize all actors, because together we can work more efficiently and progress faster.
- Inform by increasing general knowledge on cancer, informing on the mechanisms behind the disease and on treatment; It is our aim to translate research results into information that is accessible and understandable to the general public.