Improving nuclear safety and radiation protection

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About ASN

The Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), an independent administrative authority set up by law 2006-686 of 13 June 2006 concerning nuclear transparency and safety (known as the “TSN law”) is tasked, on behalf of the State, with regulating nuclear safety and radiation protection in order to protect workers, patients, the public and the environment from the risks involved in nuclear activities. It also contributes to informing the citizens.

The ASN commission

The Commission defines ASN's general nuclear safety and radiation protection policy.

IMPARTIALITY

The commissioners perform their duties with total impartiality and receive no instructions from either the Government or any other person or institution.

INDEPENDENCE

The commissioners perform their duties on a full-time basis. Their mandate is for six years and is not renewable.

A member may only be relieved of his or her duties if no longer capable of performing them or in the event of resignation duly confirmed by a majority of the commissioners at a meeting of the Commission. The President of the Republic may also relieve a member of the Commission of his or her duties in the event of a serious breach of his or her obligations.

COMPETENCE

The Commission takes decisions and issues opinions, published in the ASN's Official Bulletin.

It defines ASN's external relations policy, both domestically and internationally.

It defines ASN's regulatory policy. The Chairman appoints nuclear safety inspectors, radiation protection inspectors, conventional safety inspectors in the nuclear power plants and officers in charge of checking compliance with the requirements applicable to pressure vessels.

The Commission opens an enquiry subsequent to an incident or accident. It drafts the report on nuclear safety and radiation protection in France. Its chairman presents ASN’s activities to the competent commissions of the National Assembly and the Senate, as well as to the Parliamentary Office for the Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Choices.

It drafts ASN internal regulations and appoints its representatives to the High Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Security.

The Commissioners :

Les commissaires exercent leurs fonctions en toute impartialité sans recevoir d'instruction du Gouvernement ni d'aucune autre personne ou institution. Ils exercent leurs fonctions à plein temps et leur mandat n'est pas renouvelable.

APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC

Pierre-Franck CHEVET

President

Appointed by decree of the President of the Republic, for a period of 6 years.

 

 

Philippe CHAUMET-RIFFAUD

Commissioner

Appointed by decree of the President of the Republic, for a period of 6 years.

   

 

Sylvie CADET-MERCIER

Commissioner

Appointed by decree of the President of the Republic, for a period of 6 years.

  

 

APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

Lydie EVRARD

Commissioner

Appointed by decree of the President of the Republic, for a period of 6 years.

  

APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Margot TIRMARCHE

Commissioner

Appointed by decree of the President of the Republic, for a period of 6 years.

 

 

Date of last update : 04/05/2017