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Deontology Code

INRS is a recognised actor in prevention. Its mission is to improve health and safety at work and prevent occupational accidents and diseases. Its action is driven by principles such as respect for persons, transparency and social dialogue.

A commitment to its Deontology Code is one of the essential foundations of INRS action.


The Code lays out the deontological principles which INRS strives to uphold in carrying out its missions and activities. A commitment to this code, drafted collectively, is a core requirement in taking part in the INRS professional community. INRS bases its actions in studies and research, assistance, training, and information and communication on the following shared values:

  • Independence
  • Impartiality
  • Transparency
  • Expertise
  • Professionalism


The Deontology Code was approved by INRS’s Board of Directors. A committee reviews any deontological conflicts and questions which cannot be resolved by other means. It is composed of eight members who are external to the Institute and its bodies, nominated by each of the following authorities: the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, the Chairperson of its Scientific Commission, the Director General and the Secretary of the Central work committee.


This committee can also be called upon on a prospective basis to provide answers to deontology-related questions. It works in an advisory capacity and issues opinions which are submitted to the Director General. The latter informs the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, the Chairperson of its Scientific Commission and the Secretary of the Central work committee.  


INRS has also established a reporting procedure to protect the rights of whistleblowers. This procedure can be used, in full accordance with the right to notify provided under French labour law, by any person confronted with a situation he or she believes to be a potential risk to people that they should bring to the attention of civil society and public authorities. The procedure ensures an appropriate framework for reporting on occupational health issues and for whistleblower protection in particular.


Last update on 17/06/2021