On 26 September 2007, Bernard Lafont, the Médecin Général des Armées (Chief Medical Officer for the Armed Forces) and Director of the SSA (French Armed Forces Medical Service), and Jacques Repussard, Director General of IRSN, signed a framework agreement on cooperation.
In a bid to improve the organisation of emergency response operations and the treatment of people in the event of a radiological or nuclear incident or accident, SSA and IRSN have decided to cooperate and pool resources.
The key areas of cooperation involve:
- response operations in the event of an incident, accident or malicious act involving a radiological or nuclear risk;
- expertise in the areas of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment;
- the treatment of irradiated patients;
- external / internal contamination assessment;
- research in Radiobiology and Radiopathology.
Within a context of closer cooperation between military defence forces and general and civil security services, the French Armed Forces Medical Service fulfils a two-fold mission.
It provides support to the armed forces and is involved in national public health operations. Military hospitals are open to the entire population.
There are four specialist beds available for irradiated patients at the Percy Military Training Hospital in Clamart.
IRSN, the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety is a public establishment with both industrial and commercial activities, which comes under the joint supervision of the Ministries of Ecology and Sustainable Development, Health, Industry, Research and Defence. It conducts research programmes and studies and provides support to the public authorities on matters related to nuclear and radiological safety. IRSN expertise is also called upon by its many partners and the Institute is involved in informing the public on nuclear and radiological risks.