CEPN is 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 New ICRP Recommendations on Radiological Protection in Geological Disposal of Long-Lived Solid Radioactive Waste

LOCHARD, J., SCHNEIDER,T.

Oral presentation at the 2nd International Symposium on ‘The Safety Case for Deep Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste: 2013 State-of-the-Art’, OECD/NEA, Paris, 8 October 2013

The management of radioactive waste has been the subject of several recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) since 1985. The aim of the new Publication 122 (2013) is to describe how the 2007 general recommendations of th Commission (Publication 103) can be applied in the context of geological disposal. For this purpose, it is important to remind that the new approach developed by ICRP is based on three types of exposure situations: planned, emergency and existing.

  • Planned exposure situations correspond to situations where exposures result from the operation of deliberately introduced sources. Exposures can be planned and fully controlled.
  • Emergency exposure situations correspond to situations where exposures result from the loss of control of a source within a planned exposure, or from an unexpected situation (e.g. malovelent event). These situations require urgent actions to prevent or mitigate exposures.
  • Existing exposure situations correspond to situations where exposures result from sources that already exist when decisions are taken to control them. The characterization of exposure is therefore a prerequisite for their control.

Read more: The New ICRP Recommendations on Radiological Protection in Geological Disposal of Long-Lived Solid...

Analysis of Collective Dose Trends using the ISOE Database

D'ASCENZO L.

The ISOE Database contains dosimetric information from commercial nuclear power plants in operation or in some stage of decommissioning (annual total collective dose, outage collective dose, dose per job and task, etc.). The database provides a solid basis for analyses of dose trends.

Read more: Analysis of Collective Dose Trends using the ISOE Database

Contribution à la réduction des risques sanitaires pour les enfants du District de Tchetchersk au Belarus

KORNEVICH O., JOSSET M., KANADA S., CROUAIL P. et al.

Ce projet s’est inscrit dans le cadre du programme CORE (Coopération pour la réhabilitation des conditions de vie dans des territoires contaminés au Bélarus).

Avant le lancement du programme, des rencontres avec des habitants des régions contaminées avaient été organisées ; elles avaient mis en évidence d'une part que la principale préoccupation des habitants était la santé de leurs enfants, avec l'impression d'une dégradation générale, et d'autre part que, faute d'informations

Read more: Contribution à la réduction des risques sanitaires pour les enfants du District de Tchetchersk au...

La prise en charge du risque lié au radon dans le pays de Montbéliard

MERAUX-NETILLARD I., BIGUENET S., SCHNEIDER T.

Situé dans le département du Doubs, qui figure parmi les départements prioritaires pour la gestion du risque lié au radon, Pays de Montbéliard (PMA) a souhaité, dans le cadre de son Projet Pilote Radioprotection (PPRPM), développer une action spécifique concernant le « Radon », afin de mieux connaître le risque radon sur son territoire et, si possible, de le réduire.

Read more: La prise en charge du risque lié au radon dans le pays de Montbéliard

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.