The CTHEN center is in charge of evaluating certain types of equipment used in the nuclear industry, according to predefined baselines (technical specifications, statutory or regulatory texts, etc.).
Its field of competence covers the following types of equipment:
Personal protective equipment (ventilated or non-ventilated clothing for protection against nuclear or chemical contamination, laboratory gloves, containment, X-ray protection).
Ventilation and purification system components (HEPA filters, fire dampers).
Compliance analyses are based on technical files (components, manufacturing method, on-site monitoring systems, quality assurance, etc.) and on the results of tests performed in partner and/or certified laboratories.
Tests intended for CE certification and approval are mostly performed using the technical resources of Serac laboratories (Lecev and LPMAC). The CTHEN center also calls on outside authorities such as the CEA/DRT/DIMRI/SIAR (CEA radiation department), the LRCCP (laboratory for the study and monitoring of rubber and plastics), the IFTH (French textile institute), and the LNE (French national testing laboratory).