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Ethics Commission

Included as part of the order organising the IRSN, the Ethics Commission reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for advising it on preparing ethical charters that are applicable to the Institute’s activities and for monitoring their application, including conditions at the Institute for distinguishing between assessment missions performed on behalf of government departments and those performed for public or private operators. It also serves as a mediator when problems of an ethical nature arise.

The Commission meets at least once a year. During meetings, it

  • participates in preparing ethical charters,
  • analyses their application,
  • examines cases involving ethical matters submitted to it and prepares recommendations for measures to adopt, if required.

The Commission presents an annual report to the Board of Directors that gives the status of requests received by the President of the Board of Directors, directly or after consultation with the Board, or by the IRSN’s Director General and subsequent actions.


Commission members as of April 1, 2016

Jean-Pierre DUPUY
Chairman of the Commission, Corps des Mines Engineer General, philosopher, professor at the École Polytechnique and Stanford University, California, and member of the French Academy of Technology.

Agnès BUZYN,
Doctor and professor of hematology, Chairperson of the French National Cancer Institute.

apporteur to the public Administrative Court of Appeal of Lyon, member of the Environmental Authority of the General Council of the environment and sustainable development.

Engineer General in rural engineering, water and forests, specialist in the impact of toxic substances on the environment and health, and in assessment of public environmental policies. Member of the Environmental Authority,  and coordinator of the Research and Technology College at the General Council of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Frédéric WORMS
Professor of Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, director of the International Centre for the Study of Contemporary French Philosophy (part of the Republic of knowledge, USR 3608 ENS / Collège de France / CNRS), member of the National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE).

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