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Enhancing Nuclear Safety

A Global Partner

International institutions

IRSN participates in numerous international commissions and bodies for developing technical standards in nuclear safety, security and radiation protection. The Institute is particularly involved, through its experts, in the following international organisations:


International Atomic Energy Agency - IAEA

IAEA logoThe International Agency of Atomic Energy was established in 1957 by decision of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) under the patronage of the United States and in the the Soviet Union, while the Americans were open to international cooperation nuclear (program "Atom for Peace" presented by President Eisenhower). It is the main intergovernmental organization of scientific and technical cooperation in the field of peaceful use of nuclear technology, and open to all States wishing to accede.

The priority tasks of the IAEA are:

  • Assisting Member States in using nuclear techniques
  • Ensuring their use for peaceful purposes
  • Promoting the safety of these techniques.

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Nuclear Energy Agency - NEA

NEA/AEN logoThe Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is a specialised agency within the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) working in collaboration with the IAEA.

The NEA mission is to assist its member countries in maintaining and further developing, through international cooperation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for a safe, environmentally friendly and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

In order to achieve this, the NEA works as a forum for sharing information and experience and promoting international co-operation; a centre of excellence which helps member countries to pool and maintain their technical expertise and a vehicle for facilitating policy analyses and developing consensus based on its technical work.

The main NEA areas of work are:

  • Nuclear safety and regulation
  • Nuclear energy development
  • Radioactive waste management
  • Radiological protection and public health
  • Nuclear law and liability
  • Nuclear science
  • The Data Bank
  • Information and communication

More information:

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World Health Organizations - WHO

WHO logoWHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Since July 2010, IRSN has been designated as WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO Collaborating Center). The framework of this collaboration is based on five activities:

  • Cooperation in the field of strengthening preparedness for emergencies and radiological network activities REMPAN (Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network)
  • Technical assistance to WHO in the case of radiological emergencies
  • Cooperation in biodosimetry and in the BioDoseNet (Biodosimetry laboratory Network)
  • Cooperation in radiation protection in the field of medical exposure to ionizing radiation, with emphasis on risk assessment and risk management
  • Cooperation in the the evaluation of the helath effects of low dose of radiation.

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