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The    feature contributions provided by its members on current projects, scientific or technical issues and ongoing developments in the field of nuclear safety, nuclear waste management and radiological protection as well as on respective events. In addition, it also serves as a platform for information on the activities of the European Technical Safety Organisations Network (ETSON).

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IRSN is placing emphasis on cooperation for emergency preparedness and incident response, working with the ETSON partners and with counterparts within the EU and beyond. This was well demonstrated by the recent memorandum of cooperation signed in March with the Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response under the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission at its annual Regulatory Information Conference.

The purpose of the agreement is to step up the cooperation and exchanges between the two bodies on emergency preparedness, through enhanced technical information-sharing

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The aim of IRSN's CABRI International Program (CIP) is to use experiments to improve our knowledge of the behavior of fuel rods in pressurized water reactors (PWRs) during a power transient accident. The results of the first CIPQ test, which was performed on April 16, 2018 at the renovated CABRI facility equipped with a pressurized water loop, have been analyzed and the corresponding report is ready to be sent to the program partners.

The CIPQ test successfully qualified the renovated CEA-owned CABRI facility and its instrumentation. The test used a 560-mm test rod consisting of 48

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Last June, IRSN submitted a report on the storage of spent nuclear fuel to the Parliamentary lnquiry Committee on the Safety and Security of Nuclear Facilities. ln the report, which is available on IRSN's website, the Institute examines the concepts of wet and dry storage existing both in France and abroad.

Based on its assessment of spent nuclear fuel storage in France and on knowledge acquired during services performed abroad, IRSN examined the concepts of wet and dry spent-fuel storage developed both in France and worldwide, along with the associated safety issues.

The two

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Eight years after the major earthquake that struck the east coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 and...

Wood designed, built and commissioned equipment and facilities used to repackage nuclear...

When the UK Government published the draft European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on January 26, 2017...

Wood’s Regulatory Support Directorate carried out a study into the effect of temperature on the...

Wood is making radiation monitoring of storage ponds safer and more timely by using specially...

Pipework for the shield cooling system at the Palisades nuclear power plant in Covert, Michigan...

Waste retrieved from the Magnox Swarf Storage Silo (MSSS) at Sellafield is being safely stored...

In EUROSAFE News from December 2017 we informed readers about the decision of the Czech nuclear...


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„EUROSAFE“ is a global and European initiative aimed at promoting the convergence of technical nuclear safety practices in Europe. It is formed and managed by the EUROSAFE partners Bel V (Belgium), CSN (Spain), CV REZ (Czech Republic), MTA EK (Hungary), GRS (Germany), ANVS (The Netherlands), ENEA (Italy), INRNE BAS (Bulgaria), IRSN (France), NRA (Japan), JSI (Slovenia), LEI (Lithuania), PSI (Switzerland), RATEN ICN (Romania), SSM (Sweden), SEC NRS (Russia), SSTC NRS (Ukraine), VTT (Finland), VUJE (Slovakia), Wood (United Kingdom), a group of technical safety organisations (TSOs) and European regulatory bodies with nuclear safety expertise and competent in nuclear safety assessments, that create the EUROSAFE Association and the Programme Committee. Besides the authorities CSN, ANVS and SSM, all organisations are also members of ETSON, the European Technical Safety Organisations Network.

With a view to promoting the formation of a European scientific and technical network in the field of nuclear safety, the EUROSAFE Association has the following objectives:

  • to form a suitable forum for exchanges on analyses and R&D in the field of nuclear safety,to share experiences, and to exchange technical and scientific opinions,
  • to contribute to fostering the convergence of technical nuclear safety practices in Europe,
  • to further the definition and the implementation of nuclear safety research programmes.

The partners are aware that a high level of nuclear safety and radiation protection is a priority for the countries of Europe; they

  • recognise the reinforcement of the European dimension in the technical, economical and societal challenges which nuclear safety has to face,
  • take note that nuclear safety expertise plays a major role in contributing to the attainment and maintenance of a high level of nuclear safety and radiation protection,
  • acknowledge that the organisations competent in nuclear safety expertise develop appropriate approaches to safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities,
  • recognise the need for increased co-operation and reinforced sharing of experience between organisations competent in nuclear safety expertise.


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The EUROSAFE Forum is an international conference on nuclear safety and security, radioactive waste management and radiological protection. Since 1999, this event brings together representatives of organisations specialised in nuclear and radiological safety techniques, research institutes, power utilities, industry, public authorities and non-governmental organisations to inform about and discuss current developments and achievements in these topics.

Nuclear energy contributes approximately one third of European electricity production. A high level of nuclear safety is a priority for the countries of Europe. The technical safety organisations play an important role in contributing to that objective through appropriate approaches to major safety issues as part of their assessments and research activities.

The challenges to nuclear safety are increasingly international. Changes in underlying technologies such as instrumentation and control, the impact of electricity market deregulation, demands for improved safety, the ageing of nuclear facilities, waste management, maintaining and improving scientific and technical knowledge and the need for greater transparency - these are all issues where the value of an international approach is gaining increasing recognition.

The development of the European Union including its 2004 enlargement will also require closer collaboration between technical safety organisations and even more convergence in European nuclear safety practices. EUROSAFE aims to respond to these needs by offering a European forum for information on and discussion of important nuclear safety issues.

The EUROSAFE Tribune

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From 2001 until 2016, GRS and IRSN published the magazine "EUROSAFE Tribune". Twice a year, this publication provided readers with articles about key issues in the world of nuclear safety and radiological protection, focusing alternately on the respective EUROSAFE Forum´s main subject and special topics.


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