Periodic Safety Review Management for French Research Reactors - Technical Support Organization Approach
Congress title :International Conference on Research Reactors
Congress date :05/11/2007
Periodic Safety Review (PSR) is a key issue in the life of a Basic Nuclear Installation (BNI). Indeed, the safety review is an efficient means to improve the safety level of an installation and to take a decision for the continuation of the reactor operation towards the next decade. Based on the French practice and experience, the objective of this paper is to give an overview of the PSR management for French Research Reactors (RR). After a presentation of the new French regulatory context since the law on transparency and security in the nuclear field published in the Official Gazette on 13 June 2006, the expectations/requirements of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) are given. The paper mainly focuses on the two basic parts of PSR, which are the conformity check and the safety reassessment. Anyway, if now in France the great safety principles applied for the safety evaluation of any research reactors are very similar to those used for Nuclear Power Plants (NPP), adaptations and graded approaches are used, due to specific features of research reactors.