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

Lessons learned from Living Conditions and Health Status of Populations living in affected territories after the Chernobyl and Fukushima accident - European SHAMISEN Project

MAITRE M., CROUAIL P., SCHNEIDER T. & al.

Lessons learned from Living Conditions and Health Status of Populations living in affected territories after the Chernobyl and Fukushima accident - European SHAMISEN Project

Third NERIS Workshop – 19 May 2017

Abstract

SHAMISEN is an European research project under the OPERRA project that aims to develop recommendations for medical and health surveillance of populations 
affected by radiation accidents, building upon lessons learned
 from experiences with populations affected by Chernobyl, Fukushima and other
 nuclear emergencies.

This paper presents the results of the review of the health and concerns of populations living in contaminated areas following radiation accidents, as well as the identification of the impacts on living and social conditions, and the worries, needs and expectations of the affected populations with regards to their health and welfare.

This main objective has been achieved through a description and analysis of specific case studies in different situations observed after the Chernobyl accident (Belarus and Norway) and the activities carried out after the Fukushima accident. It notably incorporates an analysis of testimonies of medical experts and local stakeholders from contaminated territories in Japan within two case studies as well as through a dedicated workshop jointly organised with Fukushima Medical University in Japan in March 2016. The analysis addresses the following topics:

  • Expectations and worries of the people regarding their health and welfare
  • Role of the different stakeholders (health professionals, RP professionals, local population, authorities, etc.)
  • Contribution to well-being of the implemented actions and direct benefits for populations
  • Sustainability and continuity of the projects/actions
  • Ethical considerations
  • Stakeholder participation, dialogue, information and communication issues
  • Education and training provision and needs

Thus, this presentation outlines key lessons learned from each of these key topics, by providing tangilbles examples from the analysis of the various case studies (Belarus, Norway, Japan).

Among others, theses lessons learnt have been considered for the preparation of the final recommendations that will be shared and discussed with international stakeholders next March, at the occasion of the SHAMISEN final Workshop in Paris.


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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.