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Enhancing Nuclear Safety


  • Annual Report 2016

    Annual Report 2016

    The annual report offers a comprehensive panorama of the year’s key events.


    2016 saw the reinforcement of the French system for regulating civil nuclear activities. Two major projects were also initiated for the future of IRSN: the reorganization of its division covering health and environment protection, and IRSN 2030, a project that will trace the strategic ambition of the Institute by 2030.


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  • Flamanville EPR reactor

    Conclusions of the assessment by IRSN (the French technical support organisation) and the Nuclear Pressure Equipment Department of ASN (the French nuclear safety authority) of the serviceability of the closure head and lower head of the Flamanville EPR reactor pressure vessel.

     

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  • PRESENTATION

    Presentation

     

    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.

     

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  • Nuclear Safety

    Nuclear safety

     

    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...

     

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  • RADIATION PROTECTION

    Radiation protection


    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.

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  • EMERGENCY AND POST-ACCIDENT SITUATIONS

    Emergency & 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.

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  • SECURITY & NON-PROLIFERATION

    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.

     

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A global partner

North & South America

51 partnerships with American, Canadien and Cuban organizations.

 

Contracts and cooperations with NRC, DOE...

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Africa & the Middle-East

3 partnerships with local authorities.

 

Contracts with NNR, FANR, STEG, CNESTEN...

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Asia & Oceania

39 agreements with organizations from 6 countries.

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European Union

153 agreements with organizations from 19 countries.

 

Contracts with BNRA, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, GEN-Energija...

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Outside European Union

42 partnerships with organizations from other European countries.

 

Contracts with SNRIU, Novarka...

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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.
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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.

 

IRSN is also an active partner in :

  • Riskaudit a jointly-owned subsidiary of IRSN and its German counterpart GRS, for international technical assessments >Riskaudit website
  • Enstti Economic grouping composed of Bel V (Belgium), IRSN (France) and LEI (Lithuania), Enstti is the training and tutoring Institute that transfers the knowledge and know-how of the European nuclear safety organizations >Enstti website

Research

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.