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International non-proliferation controls: French authorities renewed IRSN’s technical support agreements

The French authorities have renewed for the period 2015 to 2020 the two agreements that govern the activities of IRSN in the field of nuclear non-proliferation and the prohibition of chemical weapons.

These agreements describe the actions which the Institute is responsible. Essentially, it involves:

  • centralization of information from industrial companies;
  • management of declarations made to international regulatory bodies;
  • preparation and support of international inspections conducted in  France;
  • preparation of regulatory and regulatory texts;
  • supporting industrial companies subject to declaration of their activities.

In addition, IRSN experts are regularly asked to represent the French authorities in some international technical bodies.

A framework for the next five years

The five-year agreements provide a structural framework required for the smooth running of the technical support and clarity as to guarantee actions undertaken and the resources devoted to it.

Regarding nuclear non-proliferation, prior negotiation to the renewal of the agreement has made it possible to specify certain aspects relating to the protection and ownership of data, sensitive points in the eyes of French industrial companies subject to declaration of their activities.

French commitments on non-proliferation

As a signatory to the  Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), France submits in the nuclear field to the inspections performed by the European body EURATOM and IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), and in the chemical field to the controls carried out by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). 

In order to enable France to meet these obligations, IRSN provide technical support  to the competent national authorities for the inspections of French facilities and contribute to the implementation of the agreements in the civil sector.

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