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About Alliance for MRI

The ‘Alliance for MRI’ is a coalition of European Parliamentarians, patient groups, leading European scientists and the medical community, who together are seeking to avert the serious threat posed by EU health and safety legislation to the clinical and research use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

The Alliance for MRI was officially launched in March 2007 in response to the implementation of the EU Physical Agents 2004/40/EC (EMF) in April 2008. The Alliance was founded by the European Society of Radiology, the European Federation of Neurological Associations and Dr. Swoboda MEP, Vice-Chairman of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament.

In October 2007 the European Commission proposed the postponement the implementation deadline from April 2008 to April 2012 to allow more time for the evaluation of new data on EMF and its short-term effects on the human body. The Commission stated that it was never the intention of this Directive to impede the practice of MRI and the postponement was approved by the European Parliament and the Council. The Alliance for MRI was instrumental in raising awareness of the threat posed to MRI and obtaining the postponement of the Directive.



The Alliance is supported by:

Leading Members of the European Parliament
János Áder (EPP) HU, Frieda Brepoels (EFA) BE, Derek Clark (EFD) UK, Alejandro Cercas (S&D) ES, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis (ALDE) DE, Frank Engel (EPP) LU, Robert Goebbels (PES) LU, Françoise Grossetête (EPP) FR, Richard Howitt (S&D) UK, Stephen Hughes (S&D) UK, Ville Itälä (EPP/ED) FI, Anneli Jäätteenmäki (ALDE) FI, Philippe Juvin (EPP) FR, Eija-Riitta Korhola (EPP/ED) FI, Peter Liese (EPP) DE, Elizabeth Lynne (ALDE) UK, Linda McAvan (S&D) UK, Miroslav Mikolášik (EPP) SL,  Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (EPP) FR, Dr. Angelika Niebler (EPP/ED) DE, Siiri Oviir (ALDE) EST, Antonio Panzeri Pier (S&D) IT, Frédérique Ries (ALDE) BE, Zuzana Roithová (EPP/ED) CZ, Horst Schnellhardt (EPP) DE, Hannes Swoboda (S&D) AT (Founding member), Thomas Ulmer (EPP/ED) DE, Derek Vaughan (S&D) UK, Dr. Anja Weisgerber (EPP/ED) DE European Federation of Neurological Associations (Founding member) including the European Parkinson's Disease Association, The European MS Platform and the European Headache Alliance, The European Heart Network, Europa Donna, The European Patients Forum, The International Diabetes Federation – Europe, Alzheimer Europe, The WHO Collaborative Centre for Research, training and treatment in Epilepsy, The Austrian Lung Association, The Austrian Epilepsy Association, Werkgroep Hersentumoren vzw (Belgian Brain Tumour Group), Epilepsy Centres of the Netherlands Foundation: SEIN In addition, a number of individual scientists and patient group representatives have signed up to the Alliance.


European and National patient groups


Representative Groups of Scientists
  • British Institute of Radiology (BIR)
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Danish Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (DSMMR)
  • European Brain Council
  • European CanCer Organisation (ECCO)
  • European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (EFOMP)
  • European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS)
  • European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR)
  • European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB)
  • European Society of Radiology (Founding Member) and institutional members (below)
  • European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ESTRO)
  • European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
  • Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM)
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
  • Luxembourg Medical Council
  • The Society and College of Radiographers
  • The Wellcome Trust

Institutional members of ESR
  • Austrian Roentgen Society (ÖRG)
  • Royal Belgian Radiological Society
  • Bulgarian Association of Radiology
  • Croatian Medical Association & Croatian Society of Radiology
  • Czech Radiological Society
  • Danish Society of Radiology
  • Deutsche Roentgengesellschaft - German Roentgen Society (DRG)
  • Société Française de Radiologie (SFR)
  • Faculty of Radiologists, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Italian Society of Radiology (SIRM)
  • Luxembourg Society of Radiology
  • Radiological Society of the Netherlands
  • Norwegian Society of Radiology
  • Polish Medical Society of Radiology
  • Sociedade Portuguesa de Radiologia e Medicina Nuclear
  • Romanian Society of Radiology
  • Slovak Radiological Society
  • Spanish Radiological Society (SERAM)
  • Swedish Society of Medical Radiology
  • The Royal College of Radiologists
  • Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE)
  • European Society of Breast Imaging (EUSOBI)
  • European Society of Cardiac Radiology (ESCR)
  • European Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ESHNR)
  • European Society of Neuroradiology (ESNR)
  • European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI)
  • European Societey of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR)





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