In France, the nuclear industry has developed a substantial program for decommissioning plants and nuclear installations, and for remediating and rehabilitating industrial sites. The Commission for the Establishment of Analysis Methods (CETAMA) is a unit of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) whose main objective is to improve the quality of analysis and measurement results in the nuclear field. Analysis is the primary tool for monitoring the spread of nuclear material. This document shows that sampling, in close relation with measurement techniques, is a factor of potential gain and risk reduction for site remediation, decommissioning, and rehabilitation projects.

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