France and IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre test assessment and prognosis arrangements [fr]
Participants testing the IAEA diagnostic methods.
On the 17th of November, and for the first time, an exercise was conducted to test the exchange of data between the French Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) and the Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) and the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations and International Organizations as observers, the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC). This exercise allowed participants to assess the severity of a radiation emergency and to develop a prognosis on how it might develop.
During the exercise, which was coordinated by the IRSN, participants simulated an incident at the Chinon French nuclear power plant.
Based on the data shared by the IRSN, the IEC intervention team first assessed the situation and the gravity of the event based on the INES scale (International Nuclear Event Scale). It was then able to confirm that the measures regarding protection of population and of environment taken by the French authoritites were adequate to the international safety norms and directives.
This was the opportunity for IRSN experts to test the appropriateness of the information to be shared with the IEC based on the needs and tools at the IEC’s disposal.
This exercise allowed the IAEA and the IRSN to both better apprehend the need for a technical liaison between the IRSN crisis centre and that of the IAEA.
This fruitful first time exercise between France and the IAEA is scheduled to be repeated in the upcoming months to build capacity in collaboration between various French and international actors.
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