Maintain and develop high-level technical expertise in nuclear safety and radiation protection.
Promote mutual respect, honesty, loyalty and trust in human / professional relations.
Maintain our independence and impartiality as a TSO.
Take up a questioning attitude and adopt a global, multidisciplinary and graded approach towards safety issues.
Promote a learning culture and be open to new ideas and change.
In 1969, a Nuclear Safety Department was set up within the Association Vinçotte, just at the moment when the first nuclear units of Doel 1 and 2 and Tihange 1 were ordered. This Department was immediately authorised and put in charge of the regulatory control of the nuclear power plants.
In 1990, as a result of the merge of both authorised organizations Vinçotte and AIB, the Nuclear Safety Department became officially AIB-Vinçotte Nuclear, in short AVN. As a private company, AVN did not belong to the Administration: AVN was authorised by the Belgian Nuclear Safety Authority.
In 1995, AVN became completely independent from both an administrative and a financial viewpoint and left the AIB-Vinçotte group.
In 1996, the merge of AVN with another authorised organization, CORAPRO, involved in addition to the regulatory control of the power plants, the control of most of the other class 1 nuclear installations (SCK CEN, Belgonucléaire, Belgoprocess, IRE,…)
In 1999, AVN changed its name into Association Vinçotte Nuclear and later moved into a brand new building in August 2001.
Following the entry into force of the law of 15 April 1994 on the creation of the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC), the Agency finally became operational on 1 September 2001.
In September 2007, the FANC has created a subsidiary, with a statute of private foundation, called Bel V.
On April 14th, 2008, the regulatory activities of AVN, as well as the concerned staff, have been transferred to this subsidiary of the FANC. Since that day, Bel V constitutes the Technical Safety Organisation (TSO) of the Belgian Nuclear Safety Authority.
The Statutes define the general mission as “To contribute to the protection of people and the environment against the danger of ionizing radiation”.
The general objectives of Bel V (with the resulting tasks) are therefore as follows:
As technical support of the FANC, Bel V is, in accordance with the Belgian regulation, in charge of the safety assessments of the overall design of Belgian Class I and IIA nuclear installations, of their control during operation and of the follow-up of their decommissioning.
Beyond its activities in Belgium, Bel V is also strongly active in the international nuclear market. Bel V is offering to nuclear safety authorities or other Technical Safety Organizations, consultancy services, inspection support or training in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection.