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China Institute for Radiation Protection


China Institute for Radiation Protection [Photo by CNNC]

The China Institute for Radiation Protection (CIRP), established in 1962 and located in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, is subordinate to China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). The CIRP is  the only comprehensive research establishment solely dedicated to radiation protection research and application in China. The CIRP is mainly engaged in nuclear safety, environmental protection and health research and applications in the fields of nuclear fuels and nuclear technology applications. The institute is also a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Radiation Safety Standards Committee (RASSC). 

The CIRP has a total of 1,100 staff, including more than 335 senior professionals such as academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, high-end overseas talents, top young talents, experts enjoying the national special government allowance, and leaders of science and technology research and development of CNNC. 

The CIRP offers master's degree programs and joint doctoral programs and has established a postdoctoral workstation. The CIRP also works as an IAEA Capacity Building Center on Emergency Preparedness and Response; a Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory designated by the IAEA and WHO, and is a member of the Coordination Group of the IAEA's Environmental Radiological Analytical Laboratories for the Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity and Laboratories for Nuclear Waste Characterization, the Collaboration Group of the IAEA's Environmental Management and Environmental Remediation, and the IAEA Collaborating Laboratory for Preparedness of Radioactive Waste.

So far, the CIRP is credited with more than 7,000 scientific and technological achievements and has established over 100 national and industry standards. It has established technical cooperation and exchange with a number of international organizations such as UNSCEAR, ICRP, IAEA, WHO, and IRPA as well as the radiation protection research institutions of countries including France, Sweden, Belgium, and South Korea.

With years of development, the research of the CIRP has achieved a leading position in China and reached advanced levels in the world. Its leading research fields include personal dose monitoring and evaluation, workplace radiation monitoring and evaluation, radiation environment monitoring and evaluation, radiation biological dose estimation, radiation protection optimization and system development, nuclear accident consequence evaluation and emergency response, airborne radioactive migration and diffusion simulation, radiological ecological simulation and evaluation, radiotoxicology and medicine safety evaluation, safety evaluation and safety testing of radioactive material transportation, high-level waste disposal safety evaluation, decommission and decontamination of nuclear facilities, high-sensitivity and rapid analysis of difficult-to-measure radionuclides, neutron imaging detection, in-situ measurement and data analysis of radiation sources, airborne radioactivity monitoring and protection, nuclear air purification, water filtration of nuclear power plant process systems, and on-site radiation protection of nuclear facilities.