The World Health Organization has renewed IRSN’s
mandate for another four-year term as a collaborating center in the
field of radiological protection.
When the World Health Organization (WHO) needs scientific and technical support in the course of its missions, it draws on selected organizations from its Member States, which it may consult for advice, methodology discussions and specialized assessments.
Designated in 2010 as a "Collaborating Center" in the field of radiological protection by WHO, IRSN was noted for providing support in the preparation of generic action plans as part of WHO's post-Fukushima work on health protection during a radiological emergency.
Under its renewed mandate as a WHO collaborating center in the field of radiological protection, IRSN will focus on five key areas of expertise: preparedness for radiological emergencies through its involvement in the activities of the WHO REMPAN(Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network),
biodosimetry and cytogenetics (study of genetic phenomena at the level of the chromosomes) through the BioDoseNet network,
assessment of the evolution of medical exposure of patients to ionizing radiation,
assessment of the risks related to exposure of patients to low doses of ionizing radiation,
public communication on radiological risks.