The aim of the international co-operation of GRS is to contribute to the highest possible safety of nuclear installations worldwide. This is achieved on the one hand by participating in working groups (e.g. of the IAEA or the OECD/NEA) and on the other hand by networking. This is to ensure a constant exchange of information about the development of new methods and the advancement of the state of the art in science and technology.
European TSO Network – ETSON
The ETSON Association is a network of technical safety organisations (TSO) from Germany (GRS), Belgium (Bel V), Bulgaria (INRE), Czech Republic (UJV), Finland (VTT), France (IRSN), Hungary (MTA EK), Lithuania (LEI), Slovakia (VUJE), Slovenia (JSI), Switzerland (PSI) and United Kingdom (Amec Foster Wheeler). Associated members are Japan (JNES), Ukraine (SSTC) and Russia (SEC NRS). A country's TSO supports the national licensing and supervisory authorities in all scientific and technical issues relating to the safety of nuclear power.
The aim of ETSON is on the one hand to establish a forum for voluntary exchanges about the assessment, research and development in the field of reactor safety. On the other hand, ETSON would like to make a contribution to the promotion of a harmonisation of nuclear safety practices and initiate and carry out joint nuclear safety research programmes. In 2009, ETSON established 14 Expert Groups for dealing with safety-relevant issues and for preparing common guidelines for safety assessments (Safety Assessment Guidelines) with corresponding technical annexes (Technical Safety Assessment Guidelines).
ETSON organises once a year EUROSAFE. This international conference brings together experts from research, authorities and industry to discuss nuclear safety.