CEPN is a a non-profit organisation created in 1976 to establish a research and development centre in the fields of optimisation of radiological protection and comparison of health and environmental risks associated with energy systems.

This program was initially strongly focused on the development and application of the principle of optimization of radiological protection. Over the past few years, however, the group’s research programme has also been directed towards the involvement of stakeholders in radiological risk assessment and management, and spreading the radiological protection culture.

The studies are undertaken by a group of around fifteen engineers and economists. The research programme is evaluated by a Scientific Council.

The association currently has three members: the French public electricity generating utility (EDF), the Institute of Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) and the French Alternatives Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).

CEPN is a a non-profit organisation created in 1976 to establish a research and development centre in the fields of optimisation of radiological protection and comparison of health and environmental risks associated with energy systems.

Recent publications

Development and Dissemination of ALARA Culture

SCHIEBER C. et al.

The need to further develop and disseminate ALARA culture comes at a moment in time where we see an increase of the awareness of the risk, new exposure situations to be managed as applications of ionising radiations increase by introducing new techniques, and scientific knowledge of the

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Findings from a Workshop on the Practical Implementation of the new ICRP Recommendations: A Contribution of the NERIS Platform

RASKOB W., DURANOVA T., SCHNEIDER T. et al.

In 2010, the NERIS Platform was established to combine organisations from the operational, the research and the stakeholder community interested in nuclear and radiological emergency response and recovery. By the end of 2011, 37 organisations from 20 countries have already joined the Platform

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Radiation Protection Culture at School: Feedback Experience and Perspective

SCHNEIDER T., REAUD C., CHARRON S, BERNAUD J.Y.

The radiation protection culture corresponds to the set of knowledge and know-how allowing people to be informed, to behave and to make decision accordingly with regard to exposure situations involving ionizing radiation. In this perspective, the aim of the development of this culture is to provide people the means to understand the risk

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The Precautionary Principle and the Ethical Foundation of the System of Radiation Protection System

LOCHARD J.

The precautionary principle is one of the core values structuring the radiation protection system. Finding its roots in the Western tradition in the virtue of prudence developed by Aristotle, the concept of precaution can also be found in the Buddhist philosophy, the teaching of Confucius and in the ancient traditions of the peoples of

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Radiation Detriment: Evolution of its Estimation and its Role in the RP System

SCHNEIDER T.

This course is designed for radiation protection professionals who are intersted in better understanding of the risk concepts contributing to the foundation of the radiation protection system.

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Radiation Protection Aspects of Water Chemistry and Source-Term Management with a View of an ISOE Expert Group

ROCHER A., VAILLANT L., RANCHOUX G., OKYAR H.B.

Since 1992, the Information System on Occupational Exposure (ISOE, see www.isoe-network.net), which was launched by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), has provided a forum for radiation protection professionals from nuclear electricity utilities and national regulatory authorities worldwide to share dose management information and operational experience to improve the optimisation of worker radiological protection at nuclear power plants. Since 1993, the International Atomic Energy

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Conditions and Means of Developing a Radiation Protection Practical Culture within the Population in Post-Accident Situations

GALLAY F., SCHNEIDER T.

At the last IRPA conference in Buenos Aires (2008), the French nuclear safety authority (ASN) presented the approach implemented for the definition of a national doctrine related so the risk management during the post accidental period following a nuclear accident (so called “CODIRPA program”). The subject of the "Radiation Protection Practical Culture" was investigated in this framework, as identified as a key element of long-term rehabilitation of living conditions in territories

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Preservation of Records and Memory for Long-Term Storage Facilities. The Results of a French Study

SCHNEIDER T.

Due to the specific long lasting radioactivity of high level waste types, new issues may arise for radiation protection. In this perspective, technical, societal and organizational aspects have to be considered. For the two latter aspects, it is interesting to analyse the efficiency of protection systems available in other fields than nuclear waste management, in order either to

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International Survey on the Classification of Areas

SCHIEBER C.

At the request of the French Safety Authority (ASN), a survey has been conducted by the CEPN to identify the rules applicable to the delineation of and access to radiation protection regulated areas in seven countries: Belgium, Spain, United States, Finland, United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland. This oral communication summarises the principal conclusions of the international survey focusing of

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Exhibitions / Projects

Vous avez dit Radioprotection ?

Vous avez dit Radioprotection ?

Did you Say Radiation Protection? Stories of X-Rays, Radioactivity, etc …” is a traveling exhibition devoted to radiation protection, that is to say all the means to protect workers, the public and the environment from potentially harmful effects of X-rays and of radioactivity.

Rayons Santé

Rayons Santé

Rays and Health” is a traveling exhibition that aims to educate the general public on the uses of X-rays and radioactivity in medicine by highlighting the expected benefits but also the risks. Several topics are discussed to encourage caregivers and patients to have a reasoned and cautious approach in order to make the best use of X-rays and radioactivity for health.

ETHOS in Belarus

ETHOS en Biélorussie

Le projet européen ETHOS avait pour but d’améliorer durablement les conditions de vie des habitants des villages dont la vie quotidienne a été fortement affectée par la présence à long terme de contamination radioactive à la suite de l’accident de Tchernobyl. Il s’agissait d’une nouvelle démarche pluridisciplinaire basée sur une implication forte de la population dans l’évaluation et la gestion du risque radiologique en concertation avec les autorités locales, régionales et nationales et des experts biélorusses.