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50 years of radiation

In 2012 RIVM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Laboratory for Radiation Research (LSO) in 1962. The National Institute for Public Health (RIV), as it was called then, started performing radiation measurements shortly after the EURATOM Treaty was signed in 1957. This treaty included the provision that "… each Member State shall establish the facilities necessary to carry out continuous monitoring of the level of radioactivity in the air, water and soil …”

The enormous increase in radioactive fall-out a few years later, due to the large number of atmospheric nuclear tests carried out throughout the world, led the Dutch government to decide in 1962 that it needed a fully equipped radiation research laboratory. This was named the Laboratory for Radiation Research. Six noteworthy moments in radiation research during the past fifty years are marked on the timeline given below.