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EU supports China in the enhancement of capabilities in the area of preparedness for and response to radiological and nuclear emergencies


Suzhou, 14 February 2017

Today, a project funded by the European Union (EU) to enhance the capabilities in China on preparedness for and response to radiological and nuclear emergencies has been successfully completed. The project has been implemented by IRSN (France) in the period April 2015 – February 2017 in close cooperation with the Nuclear Industry General Hospital (NIGH) of Suzhou as the main partner organization.

This activity is part of a wider project being implemented in China under the auspices of the EU's Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC) involving cooperation between European and Chinese organisations in the area of preparedness for and the management of radiological and nuclear emergencies.  

The overall project objective has been to transfer European knowledge and experience with the aim to bringing the Chinese capabilities more in accordance with best international standards and practices. The project aimed in particular at training medical experts of the nuclear medical centre of the NIGH on different techniques used in case of the need for medical management of a radiological or nuclear accident.

14 highly specialised and experienced IRSN experts gave a fully integrated 3 weeks' training course covering the following topics:

  • General information on radiological accidents (introductive information, detailed information focused on Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl, and Fukushima events);
  • Basic and specialized knowledge on radiobiology, radiopathology, radiotoxicology, dosimetry (internal, external, biological), and epidemiology;
  • Practical information (including academic knowledge, case reports, and drills) on how to deal with a radiological accident: international regulations governing radiological protection, organization of the response, triage of casualties, iodine prophylaxis, medical management (diagnosis and treatment) of overexposed victims (irradiated, contaminated), and assessment of psychological consequences.

The project activities also included intensive on the job training for a duration of five weeks at IRSN laboratories in France for six experts from different departments of the NIGH (Oncology, Gastroenterology, Nuclear Emergency Centre).


Following the Chornobyl accident in 1986, the EU launched a nuclear safety programme under TACIS (Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States) which, between 1991 and 2006, allocated someEUR 1.3 billion to nuclear safety and security projects. From 2007 to 2013, the EU expanded its nuclear safety assistance to third countries under the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (INSC) with a total budget allocation ofEUR 524 million. In June 2014, the strategy for the implementation of Phase 2 of the INSC (2014 – 2020) was agreed, committing an extra EUR 225 million for nuclear safety projects. Cooperation with China began in 2010, and to date, about EUR 10 million (about CNY 73.7 million) have been committed for China under the INSC.

For more information, please contact:

Ms C. Thormählen, European Commission  Project Manager; e-mail: christina.thormaehlen@ec.europa.euDr J.Qiu, Nuclear Industry General Hospital; e-mail:

Mr M. Benderitter, Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire:

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