In order to monitor the levels of radioactivity in drinking water, the European Directive 2013/51/Euratom laying down requirements for the protection of the health of the general public with regard to radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption was transposed to the national legislation by the Decision no. P / 112 / 1057/2016 / 01.02.2016 (Government Gazette no. 241/B/09.02.2016).
According to the provisions of the current legislation, EEAE:
- determines the program and frequency of sampling in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and issues the respective protocol,
- performs measurements of radioactivity in drinking water,
- approves other laboratories, accredited by a competent government agency, to perform measurements of radioactivity in drinking water,
- issues certificates of compliance with regard to radioactivity in water and informs the Ministry of Health,
- proposes to the Ministry of Health corrective and preventive measures to protect human health from radioactive substances,
- keeps the national database regarding radionuclide concentrations in drinking water,
- informs the Ministry of Health and the European Commission about the results of measurements in drinking water
Certificates of compliance
In order to issue the certificate of compliance with regard to radioactivity in water, EEAE asks for the submission of application for each water sample, including full details of the applicant (name, address, contact, VAT number etc.), as well as the results of the total measurements of a / b radiation and uranium isotopes (U-238, U-234) by an approved laboratory.
EEAE conducts periodic random checks of tritium. Based on representative measurements of tritium in drinking water made by the EEAE in various parts of the country and given the absence of anthropogenic tritium sources in Greece, systematic analyzes of tritium are not required for a period of two years starting from the date of the relevant Board decision, i.e. until July 2018.