Doing business with the ILL

General procurement  principles

The ILL purchases equipment and services in compliance with its procurement rules.

ILL’s tendering procedures are selective. Its invitations to tender and its  price enquiry documents are designed to guarantee fair competition.

Contracts and orders will be awarded to the firm whose bid meets the technical, financial and delivery requirements and represents the best value for money.


Quality requirements

ILL complies with French nuclear regulations and applies specific purchasing rules for safety-related equipment or services.
These rules include quality specifications and controls. They require that the supplier possess good knowledge of quality systems such as the ISO Quality Assurance Standard 9001.


Mission & responsibilities

It is the Purchasing Service's main mission to manage the ILL's business with its suppliers, ensuring that its contracts and purchasing procedures are compliant with regulations.

French regulations

Contractors must comply with French regulations for any on-site and civil engineering work. This includes for example,

- Electrical certifications

- The provisions of the French "Code civile"

Nuclear regulations
Arrêté de sureté 2012 (in French)


Radiological work permits
Arrêté du 27 novembre 2013 relatif aux entreprises intervenant au sein d'établissements exerçant des activités nucléaires et des entreprises de travail temporaire concernées par ces activités (in French)

Suppliers with personnel working on the ILL's site may need to be certified by CEFRI or QUALIANOR.

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"Thanks to the experience achieved in 2010 with ILL on the IN16B vacuum chamber,  we are now participating in other challenging projects, such as the construction of the PANTHER helium vessel with high internal precision requirements, or the WASP helium chamber with high-precision machining."




Dimensions: 5,5 L x 3,7 W x 4 H / Vacuum: 1 x 10-3 mbar
Material: Aluminium AW-5083

Material: Aluminium AW-5083

Material: Aluminium AW-5083

"We are pleased to work with ILL as a valued customer, using our expertise in power supplies to deliver a robust product that will serve ILL for many years of research."

Electrical power supplies for the WASP precession coils and inner compensation coils

Danfysik is proud to be the selected partner for the design and manufacturing of power supplies for the WASP main coils. Our well-proven switch mode power supply Model 859 was chosen to be the best solution, since the precession coil required a massive 800A/500V 50ppm long-term-stability power supply, and the inner compensation coils required 480A/170V. 
After installation and commissioning, the ILL was happy to confirm acceptance of the power supply as in conformity with its requirements.

Our e-procurement platform will be available in 2019.
Stay tuned!