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Enhancing Nuclear Safety
Flamanville EPR reactor
Conclusions of the assessment by IRSN (the French technical support organisation) and the Nuclear Pressure Equipment Department of ASN
(the French nuclear safety authority) of the serviceability of the closure head and lower head of the Flamanville EPR reactor pressure vessel.
IRSN – Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety – is the French national public expert in nuclear and radiological risks.As a research and expert appraisal organization, IRSN contributes to the implementation of public policies concerning nuclear safety and security and health and environmental protection against ionizing radiation.
Annual Report 2015
The annual report offers a comprehensive panorama of the year’s key eventsThe
year 2015 marks a legislative and regulatory turning point for IRSN and
France. The Act on energy
transition for green growth not only introduces proposals concerning the energy mix and
ways of saving energy that concern society as a whole, but also
consolidates the national nuclear safety and radiation protection system.
IRSN hosts the 4th International Symposium on the System of radiological Protection and the 2nd European Radiation Protection Research Week
From 10 to 12 October 2017, IRSN hosts in Paris (France) the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and the European research platforms
IRSN contributes to the safety of existing and future nuclear facilities through a wide range of activities: examining the files submitted by Operators of facilities in operation or under construction, supporting inspection teams from the French safety authority, contributing to the process of updating national and international regulations, developing research programs regarding the prevention of accidents...
With ionizing radiation being found in such wide-ranging applications, radiation protection for workers and the public is an essential aspect of IRSN’s activity.
IRSN is responsible for performing radiological monitoring of the environment throughout France, carries out research and analysis to better understand the exposure of workers exposed to radiation, and works to improve the conditions of patient exposure.
Emergency & post-accident situations
In the event of an incident or accident involving sources of ionizing radiation, IRSN provides guidance to public authorities on the technical, public health and medical measures to be taken to protect the population, workers and the environment, while restoring safety at facilities. IRSN's emergency response center can be called in at all times.
Security and non-proliferation
IRSN contributes to national and international efforts to control nuclear and sensitive materials and protect facilities against malicious acts, through the enforcement of treaties on control of nuclear and sensitive materials, and the escort of international and national inspection teams.
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North & South America
51 partnerships with American, Canadien and Cuban organizations.
Contracts and cooperations with NRC, DOE...
Africa & the Middle-East
3 partnerships with local authorities.
Contracts with NNR, FANR, STEG, CNESTEN...
Asia & Oceania
39 agreements with organizations from 6 countries.
153 agreements with organizations from 19 countries.
Contracts with BNRA, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, GEN-Energija...
Outside European Union
42 partnerships with organizations from other European countries.
Contracts with SNRIU, Novarka...
IRSN is a global player with 329 active cooperation agreements and contracts in 47 countries.
As a technical safety organization (TSO), IRSN is also operating scientific partnership and providing scientific cooperation and services through agreements with international organizations, and is a founding member or partner in 14 organizations and networks. More
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From their joint analysis of the files submitted by Areva NP, IRSN and the Nuclear Pressure Equipment Department (DEP) of ASN conclude that if the serviceability of the closure head and lower head of the Flamanville 3 reactor pressure vessel is demonstrated, in-service inspections must be implemented. At this stage, the feasibility of these inspections appears to have been acquired for the lower head. The same is not true for the closure head.
IRSN presents the results of a study carried out by its research laboratory in human and social sciences aimed at defining guidelines for the use of the "culture" and "safety culture" dimensions in safety assessments of nuclear facilities. The different contributions and limitations of the safety culture concept are discussed, and an analysis grid of cultural aspects of risk organisations is provided.
Launched after the Fukushima accident and initiated by IRSN, the European research project ASAMPSA_E resulted in the creation of guidelines to facilitate the modeling of "rare" events of geological, climatic or human origins.
In the framework of the European research project PREPARE, IRSN piloted a study to improve the management of contaminated products following a nuclear accident. Some of the main findings include the need to involve the stakeholders in discussions and the decision-making process. This means not taking measures for them but with them.
In February 2017, Jean-Christophe Niel, IRSN's Director General, met the Russian technical safety organization SEC-NRS, the safety authority Rostechnadzor and the Nuclear Safety Institute IBRAE.
Fields of activity
IRSN contributes to the safety of existing and future nuclear facilities, and to radiological monitoring of the national territory and workers exposed to ionizing radiations.
IRSN offers its expertise and services in nuclear safety, human radiation protection and protection of the environment to authorities and industrials across the world.
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IRSN’s research focuses not only on acquiring new scientific knowledge, but also on developing technical tools required to control risks and help expand the Institute's expertise capabilities. These programs are adapted to take into account normative, regulatory, technological, industrial and social issues.