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Enhancing Nuclear Safety
Presentation of IRSN
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 2013
Discover the variety of activities carried out by IRSN over the year in the field of nuclear safety and security, environmental radiological monitoring, and protection against ionizing radiation.
IRSN Annual Report for 2013
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 reliability of in-service monitoring of the piping in the reactor coolant system and of certain components within this system subject to severe temperature and pressure conditions is a particularly sensitive issue for nuclear safety. In January 2014, IRSN and the research division of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of the USA (US NRC) signed a cooperative agreement on this subject in order to pool their respective know-how and thus further enhance nuclear safety.
IRSN signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus.
As part of the assistance it provides to its Member States, the IAEA turns to IRSN for a range of training programs in French on security in Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad.
The consortium OPERRA (Open Project for European Radiation Research Area) has launched an online survey open to the scientific community on radiation protection research priorities.
IRSN issued its 2013 environmental radioactivity monitoring report for French Polynesia, which found a very low level of radioactivity and detected no trace of the Fukushima accident, either in the atmosphere or in the marine environment.
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.