ASN Report 2018

the persons in charge of transport for information on the risks presented by the transport operations referred to in the Decree. On , ASN also provides an information file presenting the transport of radioactive substances. 4.5  ̶  Participation in international relations in the transport sector International regulations are drafted and implemented as a result of fruitful exchanges between countries. ASN includes these exchanges as part of a process of continuous progress in the level of safety of radioactive substance transports, and encourages exchanges with its counterparts in other States. 4.5.1  –  Work of the European Association of Competent Authorities on transport A European Association of Competent Authorities on the Transport of Radioactive Material (EACA) was created in December 2008. Its purpose is to promote the harmonisation of practices in the regulation of the safety of transport of radioactive substances, and to encourage exchanges and experience feedback between the various Authorities. ASN hosted the 14th EACA meeting on 23 and 24 May 2018, in Montrouge. Fifteen countries were represented. The agenda included the procedures for transposing Directive Euratom 2013/59 laying down basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation, the content of package approval requests and approval certificates, the regulatory framework for cylinders transporting UF 6 and changes to the regulations internationally. 4.5.2  –  Bilateral relations with ASN’s foreign counterparts ASN devotes considerable efforts to maintaining close ties with the competent authorities of the countries concerned by the numerous shipments to and from France. Prominent among these are Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. • Germany In 2016, the French and German Authorities decided to meet regularly to discuss a range of technical subjects. ASN also participates in two Franco-German technical committees concerning the programme for returning German spent nuclear fuel reprocessing waste. A new package is currently being designed in Germany for the transport of compacted waste. The German safety regulator thus informs ASN of the progress being made in the technical review of the approval application. Once issued, the approval certificate will have to be validated by ASN so that the package model can be used in France. • Belgium For its production of electricity from nuclear power, Belgium more particularly uses French- designed packagings for fuel cycle shipments. In order to harmonise practices and achieve progress in the safety of these shipments, ASN and the competent Belgian Authority (Belgian Federal Nuclear Regulating Agency - AFCN) regularly exchange know-how and experience. The exchanges more particularly concern the examination of safety cases for French package models for which approval is validated in Belgium and inspection practices in each country. In 2018, the Belgian and French authorities carried out a joint inspection of a carrier. • United Kingdom ASN and the British regulator (Office for Nuclear Regulation – ONR) share many subjects of interest, especially with regard to validation of English approvals by ASN and vice-versa. Bilateral contacts are held regularly to ensure a good level of communication between the two Authorities. • Switzerland ASN began bilateral exchanges on transports with the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (IFSN) in 2012. ASN and IFSN have decided to meet annually in order to discuss the packaging model safety cases and the checks on the requirements associated with the correct utilization of these transport packages. The 14th EACA meeting being held at ASN head offices ASN report on the state of nuclear safety and radiation protection in France in 2018  273 09 – TRANSPORT OF RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES 09