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18/11/2011

Nearly 450 experts from 39 countries gather in Paris for the 13th edition of the Eurosafe Forum and draw technical lessons from the Fukushima accident

 

The 13th edition of the Eurosafe Forum, organized by the Institute of Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) with support from its German counterparts (Gessellschatf-für Anlagen-und Reaktorsicherheit - GRS) and Belgium (BEL V), took place at the Cité Internationale in Paris the 7 and 8 November 2011.

Following the program approved by 12 technical safety organizations and safety authorities from different countries, the forum brought together the community of European and global experts in nuclear safety. As the first major technical conference since the accident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, it has attracted great interest: 39 countries were represented and 450 experts attended the conferences and workshops. The Eurosafe Forum is thus establishing itself as one of the major international meetings on nuclear safety. 

The conference was an opportunity for extensive discussions on safety after Fukushima, discussions which particularly benefited from the presence of a large Japanese delegation. A half day was devoted to the analysis and feedback of this accident. The Japanese TSO JNES presented his experience and has clearly shown a willingness to cooperate internationally. The European TSO also presented programs and R & D actions they are considering to draw all the lessons of the accident at Fukushima-Daiichi.

At a technical workshop, IRSN has outlined its approach to analysis in the context of the complementary safety assessments (ECS) currently under way in France. This technical work has been the subject of a meeting of the advisory committees to the French safety authority (ASN), the 8 and 9 November 2011. It should enable the ASN to make decisions on the reports submitted by the nuclear operators.

In addition to workshops that have deepened the technical aspects of safety, radiation protection and security, a workshop on methods for feedback from factories and laboratories has attracted specialists in this field.

Numerous bilateral and multilateral meetings were also held during the Eurosafe Forum.

The European TSO network ETSON held its General Assembly and formalized the entry into the network, as associate members, of the Russian TSO (SEC / NRS) in 2011 and of the Japanese TSO (JNES) in 2010.

ETSON members also continued the definition and implementation of their actions in crisis management. These are designed to develop coordination and harmonization of national technical means and methods to support the management of a nuclear emergency, with the long term goal of networking or twinning during a crisis. The accident at Fukushima-Daiichi has indeed revealed a strong need for cooperation between TSO, so they can share information and ensure consistency of analysis.

For more information :

Consult the Eurosafe Forum 2011 website

 

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