IRSN, a collaborating centre, visits the WHO in Geneva

  • Health


On Tuesday, December 19, 2023, an IRSN delegation led by Director General Jean-Christophe Niel travelled to Geneva (Switzerland) for talks with the World Health Organization (WHO).

As a WHO collaborating centre, IRSN presented an overview of its activities in support of the WHO. These activities focus on the following 4 areas:

  1. nuclear accidents and radiological crises 
  2. mental health (indirect health impact of exposure to ionising radiation)
  3. medical applications of ionising radiation
  4. assessment of the risks associated with exposure to ionising radiation

For its part, the WHO presented the forthcoming actions it plans to carry out in these 4 areas, for which IRSN is expected to provide support.

The meeting was followed by a visit to the WHO crisis centre. Among other things, it provided an overview of the WHO's health response to the war in Ukraine.

IRSN, a collaborating centre since 2010, wishes to pursue this relationship with the WHO to continue to contribute to the advancement of radiation protection, provide technical support in the event of a radiological or nuclear emergency, and share knowledge about the medical and health consequences of radiological and nuclear risks.


From left to right : Robert Dallendre, Émilie Van Deventer (OMS), Jean-Christophe Gariel, Maria Neira (OMS), Jean-Christophe Niel, Radia Tamarat, Marc Benderitter, Zhanat Carr (OMS)

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