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

The Role of Experts in Post-Accidental Recovery: Lessons learnt from Chernobyl and Fukushima

GARIEL JC. (IRSN), LOCHARD J., SCHNEIDER T.

ICRP - 4th International Symposium on the System of Radiological Protection.
Paris, 10-12 October 2017.

Abstract

Following a nuclear accident, a main dilemma for affected people is to decide to stay or to leave from the affected area, or, for those who have been evacuated, to return or not in the decontaminated zones. Populations who have to make such decisions have to take into consideration many parameters among which the radiological situation is only one among many others. Feedbacks from Chernobyl and Fukushima have demonstrated that the involvement and the empowerment of affected population is a manner to provide them elements to take informed decisions and, if they decide to be back on decontaminated areas, to minimize exposure by contributing to the development of a prudent attitude and vigilance towards exposure. However, involving stakeholders in the post-accident management raises the question of the role of experts (and public authorities) with regard to their support to the inhabitants who have to take decisions about their future. Based on several experiences in Chernobyl and Fukushima, this presentation will discuss about some principles that have to be taken into account by experts and public authorities about their role and position when dealing with stakeholders involvement in a post-accidental recovery process.

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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.