The year 2003 saw no major events affecting nuclear safety, despite a number of alerts, in particular due to exceptional meteorological conditions. It saw the Nuclear Safety Authority devote considerable efforts to developing its radiation protection activities. 2003 was also marked by the effective implementation or the announcement of major decisions affecting the nuclear industry and concerning nuclear safety and radiation protection.
The international missions of the Safety Authority were recognised as early as upon its creation in 1973. Because nuclear safety is a national responsibility, it is of the utmost importance that the knowledge and practices in each country be submitted to in-depth peer exchanges so as to reach everywhere the best level of safety.
Since it was formed in 1973, the Safety Authority has been assigned international missions with the following objectives: — developing exchanges of information with counterparts in other countries, — making known the French approach and practices, — supplying the countries concerned with all relevant information on French nuclear installations located near their borders.