- CEA (French alternative energies and atomic energy commission). We work on a very regular basis for the CEA, following our own radiochemical protocols to measure values in soil and concrete samples, with a view to ensuring that the cleaning-up operations on their various sites proceed smoothly.
Key aspect: a contact person appointed for each contract, who keeps the client up to date with the progress made with the measurements.
- EDF CIDEN is an engineering division of EDF that specialises in the D&D of nuclear power plants. It chose Eurofins Eichrom to be its partner laboratory with responsibility for measuring radioactivity levels in complex D&D samples (metals, concrete, etc.) with a view to determining the appropriate waste disposal route.
Key aspect: the simplicity of Eurofins Eichrom's sample management system streamlines the production and delivery of test reports; particularly beneficial when the contract stipulates short turn-around times.
- Radiological inventory and waste characterisation (metal, plastics, vinyl, paper…).
- Cleaning up sites: radiological and chemical measurements (test for potential pollutants) to determine an appropriate waste recovery or disposal route.
Key aspect: conducting acceptance tests on waste to authorise their storage on ANDRA's sites.
- Determination of the "zero-point" for the site selected for the construction of an international project. The zero-point is the initial condition of the environmental impact assessment that necessitates radiological measurements of very low levels of contamination in soils, vegetation, water, etc.
Key aspect: Investigation of very low levels of radioactivity in soils, water, vegetation, etc.
Environmental and daily monitoring of the Manche radioactive waste storage site (in France)
Key aspect: The handling of large numbers of samples every day, and the fast delivery of results.
- working in partnership with a Turkish design office, performing a 4-season analysis of very low level radioactivity to determine the zero-point for the planned Akkuyu Turkish nuclear power plant.
Key aspect: Internationally-recognised expertise combined with COFRAC-accredited analyses.
- Radiological characterisation of uranium in large numbers of samples by alpha spectrometry (using Eurofins Eichrom resins) and gamma spectrometry.
Key aspect: COFRAC-accredited analyses with short lead-times for producing and delivering results
Daily monitoring of the radioactivity contained in the drinking water supplied to 15 million people.
Key aspect: the guarantee of impartial, high-quality results delivered rapidly.
- Monitoring of the equipment used on the Paris airports sites.
Key aspect: very short lead times for producing and delivering results to ensure continuous radiation protection.
- Monitoring of radiation detection equipment.
Key aspect: procedures carried out in compliance with standard ISO 17025.
- Testing of hospital effluent prior to discharge.
Key aspect: a simple pack that satisfies the hospitals' regulatory requirements.
- Taking samples and measuring very low levels of radioactivity in vegetables and milk to monitor any radioactive fall-out resulting from the Fukushima nuclear accident (Japan).
Key aspect: recognition of the competence of Eurofins Eichrom Laboratories by IRSN, the French state's institute that specialises in research into and appraisal of nuclear risks and radiological protection.
- Radiological monitoring of bottled water.
- Radioactivity testing of tea bags.
Key aspect: recognised expertise in analysing water, applied to water samples from around the world.
- Radiological testing of dairy produce.
Key aspect: short lead times for delivering results to meet the demands of the agro-foodstuffs industry.
- Fast turn-around analyses of radioactivity on fresh Japanese dairy produce following the Fukushima nuclear accident.
Key aspect: responsiveness and impartial expertise.