Chelyabinsk Regional Interdepartmental Expert Council (IEC) on establishing causal relationship between diseases, disability and death of the citizens with radioation exposure was established by the Decision of the USSR Government Commission in 1988. In 1990 Chelyabinsk Interdepartmental Expert Council was established. It consisted of the specialists from Branch №4 of the Biophysics Institute (currently Urals Research Center for Radiation Medicine of FMBA of Russia) and personnel of the Chelyabinsk Regional Hospital. Since 1st January, 2009, Chelyabinsk Interdepartmental Expert Council has been working at the premises of URCRM.
Chelyabinsk Regional Interdepartmental Expert Councilon on establishing causal relationship between diseases, disability and death of the citizens with radioation exposure is one of the most important elements of the system on providing medical-social support of the exposed population. Based on the results of the IEC examination, the authorities make decisions on benefits and compensation for exposed persons and their family members.
In order to apply to the Chelyabinsk Interdepartmental Expert Council for the decision of the issue of causal relationship between disease, disability, death and exposure to radiation factors individuals should meet the following criteria: be a citizen of the RF, be a resident of the Urals Federal District and belong to either of the groups, enumerated bellow:
- Exposed population (the Techa River, the East-Urals Radioactive Trace);
- Clean-up workers of Mayak PA radiation accident;
- Clean-up workers of Chernobyl radiation accident;
- Participants of Special Risk Units;
- Mayak PA workers;
- offspring of all the categories of exposed population.
Chelyabinsk Interagency Expert Council has performed more than 10,500 expert examinations over the period of its functioning.