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International Programmes

Nuclear safety, the reliable disposal of radioactive waste and a safe storage of the all nuclear material represent global challenges and thus do not stop at national borders.

To protect man and the environment, these challenges can only be coped with by safety partnerships and joint efforts crossing state borders. High safety standards are to be defined, continuously improved and older plants are to be decommissioned safely and disassembled in an ecologically sound manner. GRS here actively participates by further developing scientific findings and methods and continuously extends its manifold bilateral co-operation relations as well as its participation in multilateral organisations and committees, like, IAEA, OECD/NEA, G8 and the EU, for example.

As a scientific and technological centre of competence for nuclear safety and security as well as the leading expert organisation of the Federal Government, GRS is a much sought after partner in international scientific and technological co-operations, for safety assessments, risk reduction measures and for strengthening independent nuclear authorities and institutions.

The objectives of international co-operation are
• to analyse the international development of nuclear technology in an expert manner and to further develop the state of the art in science and technology,
• to broaden our own knowledge base, to preserve and further extend professional competence,
• to make use of the international division of labour for the solution of important generic safety functions by bundling resources.

Together with its French partner, the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) and their joint subsidiary RISKAUDIT, GRS represents the core of an efficient scientific and technological expert organisation in the fields of nuclear safety, security and waste management in Europe.