The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations institution specialized in public health, draw on the expertise of IRSN in radiological or nuclear emergency situations since 2010.
About 830 institutions in 85 countries provide support to the WHO: they are designated as WHO collaborating centres to carry out activities in a multitude of health-related fields. IRSN has been appointed three times to a four-year term as a collaborating centre – first in 2010, then again in 2014 and 2018.
IRSN helps WHO to develop standards, draw up research agendas, provide technical support during radiological or nuclear emergencies, and share knowledge related to the medical/health consequences of radiological and nuclear risks.
Four priority areas have been determined as part of the renewal of IRSN’s status as a collaborating centre: preparation for and response to emergencies, internal and external dosimetry, radiation protection in the medical sector and managing the health impact of radon.
Through WHO, IRSN has the opportunity to share its proposals and recommendations in the field of health research with its counterparts – as well as their own recommendations – on a much wider international scale.
More information:WHO “Collaborating Centres”