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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.
Annual Report 2015
The annual report offers a comprehensive panorama of the year’s key eventsThe
year 2015 marks a legislative and regulatory turning point for IRSN and
France. The Act on energy
transition for green growth not only introduces proposals concerning the energy mix and
ways of saving energy that concern society as a whole, but also
consolidates the national nuclear safety and radiation protection system.
The webdocumentary "Kotoba: Dialogues in Fukushima" keeps alive the experience for the rehabilitation of living conditions in the areas contaminated by the Fukushima accident.
Giving voice to the Japanese, it tells the story of 4 years of dialogue between radiation protection experts and a community of individuals living in Fukushima Prefecture who want above all to regain full control over their lives.
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 research program on “red oils " initiated by IRSN in 2012 with Areva and the public government-funded research organization CEA led to recommendations to better control the risk of accidents in the treatment of spent fuel.
Under a contract signed within the Cooperation Instrument for Nuclear Safety (INSC) of the European Commission, the Chinese nuclear safety authority NNSA wished to benefit, via his French counterpart ASN, from the expertise, know-how and good practices of IRSN for safety review on topics such as flooding hazard.
The European and Central Asian Safety Network (EuCAS) promotes cooperation between European and Central Asian countries in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection. IRSN aims to share its expertise, best practices and experience feedback.
E2S Innovation, in collaboration with IRSN, have developed a complete solution for the taking and processing of airborne tritium samples based on the passive tritium trapping system patented by the Institute.
IRSN recently took part in the annual technical review the Nuclear Criticality Safety Program (NCSP) led by the United States Department of Energy (US DOE).
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.