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.
As part of its responsibilities, ASN may adopt positions on specific topics, as was the case in 2009 and 2010 on the design of the EPR instrumentation and control system, the safety of radiotherapy treatments using narrow beams and the continued operation of the 900 MWe reactors.
ASN also adopts positions on topics of international scope, such as the safety of new nuclear reactor construction projects around the world.
These policies and position statements, supplemented by the work and opinions of ASN’s advisory committees on a number of technical topics, contribute to the definition of the ASN doctrine.