The Asia and the Pacific Regional ALARA Network (ARAN) was initiated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in December 2007, to support the development of a sustainable regional network, which facilitates information, findings and data exchange and practical and cost-effective implementation of the principle of optimization of radiation protection in participating countries. In July 2014, it entered into a suspension period without actual activities implementation. In consideration of its significance, the IAEA helped with the reactivation process of ARAN together with the China Institute for Radiation Protection (CIRP). On 6th May 2021, ARAN was successfully reactivated through a virtual meeting with the participation of countries in the region. On 10th November 2021, the first ARAN Management Board Meeting since its reactivation was held, where the Steering Committee was elected and the Terms and Conditions were approved.

The main objectives of ARAN are:
• To share and exchange information, experience and expertise for promoting the implementation of the as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) principle (optimization of protection and safety) for the management of occupational exposure in all situations, in the participating countries.
• To enhance and develop skill and competence in occupational radiation protection for the different stakeholders concerned, in particular through the proposals for appropriate training programmes.
• To contribute to the harmonisation of radiation protection policies and practices, particularly concerning ALARA, both at regulatory and operational levels across the region.
• To identify and investigate topical issues of common interest within the countries to further improve the implementation of ALARA.

Members of ARAN Steering Committee are:
• Chairperson Dr. Liu Liye (Chinese representative, China Institute for Radiation Protection)
• Vice-chairpersons Ms. Chadia Rizk (Lebanese representative, Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission) and Ms. Kristine Marie Romallosa (Philippine representative, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute)
• IAEA representative Mr. Burçin Okyar

China Institute for Radiation Protection (CIRP) is the ARAN Secretariat.
Mr. Cao Qinjian (CIRP) is the ARAN Secretary.

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