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Enhancing Nuclear Safety
IRSN – Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety – is the French national public expert in nuclear and radiological risks.As a research and expert appraisal organization, IRSN contributes to the implementation of public policies concerning nuclear safety and security and health and environmental protection against ionizing radiation.
IRSN Annual Report for 2014
Discover the variety of activities carried out by IRSN in 2014 in the field of nuclear safety and security, environmental radiological monitoring, and protection against ionizing radiation.
IRSN Annual Report for 2014
Overall assessment on safety and radiation protection of the French nuclear power plant fleet in 2013.
IRSN did not find any notable change in significant safety-related events from the previous report in 2012.
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Safety of the transport of radioactive materials for civilian use in France in 2012 and 2013.
IRSN found no evidence of degradation compared with previous years, particularly for industrial activities in the nuclear power industry, which raise the most significant safety issues.
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IRSN contributes to the safety of existing and future nuclear facilities through a wide range of activities: examining the files submitted by Operators of facilities in operation or under construction, supporting inspection teams from the French safety authority, contributing to the process of updating national and international regulations, developing research programs regarding the prevention of accidents...
With ionizing radiation being found in such wide-ranging applications, radiation protection for workers and the public is an essential aspect of IRSN’s activity.
IRSN is responsible for performing radiological monitoring of the environment throughout France, carries out research and analysis to better understand the exposure of workers exposed to radiation, and works to improve the conditions of patient exposure.
Emergency and post-accident situations
In the event of an incident or accident involving sources of ionizing radiation, IRSN provides guidance to public authorities on the technical, public health and medical measures to be taken to protect the population, workers and the environment, while restoring safety at facilities. IRSN's emergency response center can be called in at all times.
Security and non-proliferation
IRSN contributes to national and international efforts to control nuclear and sensitive materials and protect facilities against malicious acts, through the enforcement of treaties on control of nuclear and sensitive materials, and the escort of international and national inspection teams.
A global partner
North & South America
51 partnerships with American, Canadien and Cuban organizations.
Contracts and cooperations with NRC, DOE...
Africa & the Middle-East
3 partnerships with local authorities.
Contracts with NNR, FANR, STEG, CNESTEN...
Asia & Oceania
39 agreements with organizations from 6 countries.
153 agreements with organizations from 19 countries.
Contracts with BNRA, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, GEN-Energija...
Outside European Union
42 partnerships with organizations from other European countries.
Contracts with SNRIU, Novarka...
IRSN is a global player with 329 active cooperation agreements and contracts in 47 countries.
As a technical safety organization (TSO), IRSN is also operating scientific partnership and providing scientific cooperation and services through agreements with international organizations, and is a founding member or partner in 14 organizations and networks. More
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The final dissemination symposium of the STAR network (Strategy for Allied Radioecology) has been held on June 9, 10 and 11, 2015 in Aix-en-Provence (France).
The European Commission (EC) has just announced the results of the first call for projects of the Horizon 2020 programme (the 8th Euratom Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development), for research and training activities in nuclear fission and radiation protection. IRSN participates in 11 projects out of the 14 selected in the topics relevant to the Institute (8 topics out of 16 in the call for projects).
After the publication of a press article regarding the EPR reactor under construction at the Flamanville nuclear power plant (France), IRSN provides details regarding the technical instruction in progress.
The French authorities have renewed for the period 2015 to 2020 the two agreements that govern the activities of IRSN in the field of nuclear non-proliferation and the prohibition of chemical weapons.
The IRSN has obtained funding from the American national agency for health and biomedical research (NIH - National Institutes of Health) for a one-year pilot project on the "Evaluation of the therapeutic effects of exosomes in the gastro-intestinal syndrome".
Fields of activity
IRSN contributes to the safety of existing and future nuclear facilities, and to radiological monitoring of the national territory and workers exposed to ionizing radiations.
IRSN offers its expertise and services in nuclear safety, human radiation protection and protection of the environment to authorities and industrials across the world.
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IRSN’s research focuses not only on acquiring new scientific knowledge, but also on developing technical tools required to control risks and help expand the Institute's expertise capabilities. These programs are adapted to take into account normative, regulatory, technological, industrial and social issues.