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COMARE Reports

The following reports are available from the COMARE contact address:

COMARE Secretariat
c/o Public Health England

CRCE
Chilton, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0RQ
Tel: 01235 825397
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  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (2011).  Fourteenth ReportFurther consideration of the incidence of childhood leukaemia around nuclear power plants in Great Britain. Health Protection Agency, May 2011.

    Fourteenth Report - Press Release

    PDF Document  COMARE Fourteenth Report (PDF, 142 pages, 2909 KB)

                        COMARE 14th Report: response to comments received

  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (2009).  Thirteenth ReportThe health effects and risks arising from exposure to ultraviolet radiation from artificial tanning devices. Health Protection Agency, June 2009.

    Thirteenth Report - Press Release

    PDF Document  COMARE Thirteenth Report (PDF, 90 pages, 1537 KB)


  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (2007).  Twelfth ReportThe impact of personally initiated X-ray computed tomography scanning for the health assessment of asymptomatic individuals.  Health Protection Agency, December 2007.

    Twelfth Report - Press Release

    PDF Document  COMARE Twelfth Report (PDF, 83 pages, 550 KB)


  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (2006).  Eleventh Report.  The distribution of childhood leukaemia and other childhood cancer in Great Britain 1969-1993.  Health Protection Agency, July 2006.

    Eleventh Report - Press Release

     PDF Document  COMARE Eleventh Report (PDF, 160 pages, 726 KB)

The additional Childhood Cancer Research Group (CCRG) tables mentioned in the COMARE 11th Report can be found here: 

CCRG/COMARE11


  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (2005).  Tenth Report.  The incidence of childhood cancer around nuclear installations in Great Britain.  Health Protection Agency, June 2005.

    Tenth Report - Press Release

     PDF Document  COMARE Tenth Report (PDF, 46 pages, 364 KB)


  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (2004).  Ninth Report. Advice to Government on the review of radiation risks from radioactive internal emitters carried out and published by the Committee Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters (CERRIE).  National Radiological Protection Board, October 2004.

Ninth Report - Press Release

 PDF Document  COMARE Ninth Report (PDF, 40 pages, 296 KB)

  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (2004). Eighth Report. A review of pregnancy outcomes following preconceptional exposure to radiation. National Radiological Protection Board, February 2004.

    Eighth Report - Press Release

    PDF Document COMARE Eighth Report (PDF, 83 pages, 416 KB)
  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (2002). Seventh Report. Parents occupationally exposed to radiation prior to the conception of their children: A review of the evidence concerning the incidence of cancer in their children. National Radiological Protection Board, August 2002.

Seventh Report - Press Release

PDF Document COMARE Seventh Report (PDF, 86 pages, 442 KB)

  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE). Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (RWMAC) (1999). Report on: Radioactive Contamination at a Property in Seascale, Cumbria. National Radiological Protection Board, June 1999.
Joint Report - Press Release
  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (1999). Sixth Report. A reconsideration of the possible health implications of the radioactive particles found in the general environment around the Dounreay Nuclear Establishment in the light of the work undertaken since 1995 to locate their source. National Radiological Protection Board, March 1999.

    Sixth Report - Press Release
  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (1998). Fifth Report. The incidence of cancer and leukaemia in the area around the former Greenham Common Airbase. An investigation of a possible association with measured environmental radiation levels. National Radiological Protection Board, March 1998.
  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (1996). Fourth Report. The incidence of cancer and leukaemia in young people in the vicinity of the Sellafield site, West Cumbria: Further studies and an update of the situation since the publication of the report of the Black Advisory Group in 1984. Department of Health, London March 1996. ISBN: 1858395453
  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (RWMAC) (1995). Report on: Potential health effects and possible sources of radioactive particles found in the vicinity of the Dounreay nuclear establishment. HMSO, London May 1995.
  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (1989). Third Report. Report on the Incidence of Childhood Cancer in the West Berkshire and North Hampshire area, in which are situated the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston and the Royal Ordnance Factory, Burghfield. HMSO, London June 1989.
  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (1988). Second Report. Investigation of the possible increased incidence of leukaemia in young people near the Dounreay Nuclear Establishment, Caithness, Scotland. HMSO, London June 1988.
  • Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) (1986). First Report. The implications of the new data on the releases from Sellafield in the 1950s for the conclusions of the Report on the Investigation of the Possible Increased Incidence of Cancer in West Cumbria. HMSO, London July 1986.

 

Summary of the First Six COMARE Reports

COMARE Reports 1-6 are not available in PDF.  The PDF document below summarises the conclusions and recommendations of these six reports.

PDF Document Summary of COMARE 1-6 Reports

 

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COMARE Statements

Apart from its now seven full reports and its two joint reports with RWMAC, COMARE has produced many other statements on a variety of different issues. They were usually published in Hansard and the references are given below.

COMARE Statements prior to the publication of the Committee's Fourth Report

  • COMARE Statement of advice on the Investigation of the incidence of Cancer around Wylfa and Trawsfynydd nuclear installations. Hansard 16 June 1994 Col 655-657
  • COMARE Statement of advice on the Aldermaston and Burghfield case-control study. Hansard 18 May 1993 Col 151-152
  • COMARE Statement of advice on the Study of cancer in young people living in the vicinity of Sellafield. Hansard, 14 January 1993 Col 803-804
  • COMARE Statement of advice to Health Departments Health effects of ultra violet radiation. Hansard 1 July 1992 Col 637-639
  • COMARE Statement of advice on Parental occupations of children with leukaemia in west Cumbria, north Humberside and Gateshead. Hansard, 3 June 1991 Col 64-66
  • COMARE Statement of advice on the Results of a case-control study of leukaemia and non- Hodgkins lymphoma in children in Caithness near the Dounreay nuclear installation. Hansard, 21 March 1991 Col 187-190
  • COMARE Statement of advice on the Case-Control study of leukaemia and lymphoma among young people near the Sellafield nuclear plant in West Cumbria. Hansard, 2 April 1990 Col 430-434
  • COMARE 1989; Statement from COMARE on the Limitation of Human Exposure to Radon in the Home. Copies available from the Secretariat.

COMARE Statements since the publication of the Committee's Fourth Report

Since the publication of the Fourth Report, the Committee has produced several Statements.  They can be obtained from the Secretariat and are as follows:

30 March 2005

17 January 2005

18 July 2002

2001
  • COMARE Review of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (RWMAC)
    11 September 1996

  • Department of Health Research Programme
    13 August 1996

  • Cancer incidence near radio and TV transmitters in Great Britain
    2 August 1996
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Other COMARE Documents

  • Letter on Controllable Dose - 14 July 2000 - the committee has commented, by letter, on suggestions for revision of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) system of radiological protection. These suggestions were published in 1999 by the chairman of ICRP, Professor R H Clarke ("Control of Low-level radiation exposure: time for a change?" R Clarke, Journal of Radiological Protection, Vol 19, No 2, 1999). They went under the general title of 'controllable dose'. The interest raised led to an offer by Professor Clarke to present the ideas to representatives of relevant UK Government advisory committees, Government departments and other interested bodies at a special seminar in February 2000. COMARE members attended and written comments were provided to Professor Clarke.
 


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