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

Some Considerations about the Ethical and Social Dimensions of the Radiological Protection System

LOCHARD J.

Oral Presentation at the Master and Doctorate Program ‘Nuclear Science and Technology’, Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain, 4 February 2015

Read more: Some Considerations about the Ethical and Social Dimensions of the Radiological Protection System

The Role of Experts in Post Nuclear Accident Rehabilitation: The Co-Expertise Process

LOCHARD J.

2nd ICRP Lecture, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan, 16 February 2015

Read more: The Role of Experts in Post Nuclear Accident Rehabilitation: The Co-Expertise Process

The Ethics of Radiological Protection

LOCHARD J.

First Thomas S. Tenforde Topical Lecture, 51st NCRP Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MA, USA, 17 March 2015

Read more: The Ethics of Radiological Protection

The Updating of ICRP Publication 111 in Light of the Fukushima Experience Feedback

LOCHARD J.

Oral Presentation at the 15th International Congress of Radiation Research, Kyoto, Japan, 28 May 2015

Read more: The Updating of ICRP Publication 111 in Light of the Fukushima Experience Feedback

La gestion du radon dans les pays de la Loire : réflexions sur la sensibilisation des professionnels du bâtiment

ANDRESZ S., CHARRON S., KUBICA B.

Présentation Orale, SFRP 2015, Congrès National de Radioprotection, Reims, 16-18 juin 2015

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Réflexions sur l’éthique du système de Radioprotection : quel sens donner au terme raisonnable dans la démarche d’optimisation ?

SCHNEIDER T., LOCHARD J.

Présentation Orale, SFRP 2015, Congrès National de Radioprotection, Reims, 16-18 juin 2015

Read more: Réflexions sur l’éthique du système de Radioprotection : quel sens donner au terme raisonnable...

La tolérabilité du risque radiologique

VAILLANT L.

Présentation Orale, SFRP 2015,  Congrès National de Radioprotection, Reims, 16-18 juin 2015

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Origine et évolution de la démarche d’implication des parties prenantes dans la radioprotection

LOCHARD J.

Conférence Invitée, SFRP 2015, Congrès National de Radioprotection, Reims, Conférence Invitée, 16-18 juin 2015

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Communicating on Radiation Risk: Between Science and Narrative

LOCHARD J.

Second Conference on Science, Technology, and Society (STS) : Perspectives on Nuclear Science, Radiation, and Human Health: The View from Asia, Nagasaki, Japan, 10-11 November 2015

Abstract

Radiation protection professionals suffer from a lack of confidence, which dates back to the history of the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Their involvement in the management of accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima has not helped to restore this confidence and even in some cases has aggravated the gap with the population. For decades, the profession has tried to respond to criticism of all kinds, but also to the legitimate questions from citizens in trying to explain the nature of the health risk, its importance given the circumstances and to put it into perspective with other comparable risks. Despite all the deployed efforts ‘risk-communication’ has not succeeded to reverse the trend and the temptation is great for some professionals to think that the fear of radiation is powered by irrationality or even some kind of phobia.

Read more: Communicating on Radiation Risk: Between Science and Narrative

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.