NCRP was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1964 as the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.
The Charter of the Council (Public Law 88-376) states its objectives as follows:
- collect, analyze, develop and disseminate in the public interest information and recommendations about (a) protection against radiation (referred to herein as radiation protection) and (b) radiation measurements, quantities and units, particularly those concerned with radiation protection;
- provide a means by which organizations concerned with the scientific and related aspects of radiation protection and of radiation quantities, units and measurements may cooperate for effective utilization of their combined resources, and to stimulate the work of such organizations;
- develop basic concepts about radiation quantities, units and measurements, about the application of these concepts, and about radiation protection;
- cooperate with the International Commission on Radiological Protection, the Federal Radiation Council, the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements, and other national and international organizations, governmental and private, concerned with radiation quantities, units and measurements and with radiation protection.”