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International Observatory for projects and activities which examine and enhance the lives of people affected by Nuclear Weapons Testing and other Civil or Military Nuclear activity.


Driving the cooperation of nuclear community groups from the United Kingdom. OBSIVEN UK is working to empower nuclear communities in other nations to join the international movement, sharing knowledge, experience and resources to the benefit of a ‘Global Nuclear Community’.


OBSIVEN originated in France as a predominantly medical and scientific initiative related to the French Nuclear Veterans and their families. Under the Presidency of Jean-Luc Sans the organisation increased to link with other organisations within the ‘Global Nuclear Community.’

International Cooperation

In July 2016 in a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, Paris.  Representatives of the French and British nuclear communities signed an accord creating the first true international organisation directly supported by their respective nations nuclear veteran and nuclear community organisations.

Historic Ceremony

Jean-Luc Sans and Jeff Liddiatt became the first joint Presidents at this historic event which was followed by a joint ‘Revival of the Eternal Flame’ attended by veterans and offspring from Britain and France.
President of AVEN, the Association for French Nuclear Test Veterans, Jean-Luc was the founding member and inspiration for OBSIVEN. Jean-Luc Sans


Jeff Liddiatt, Former Chairman of the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association.  UnderJeff’s leadership the BNTVA cemented its place in the Global Nuclear Community by becoming the first international member of OBSIVEN.

Jeff Liddiatt


Nigel is a former Chairman of the BNTVA and a champion of international cooperation.  Through his business Nigel manages Health, Welfare and Research projects being delivered directly to the British Nuclear Community. Nigel Heaps MBE

Organisation Manager OBSIVEN-UK, BH Associates

Projects Being Delivered by OBSIVEN Member Organisations

Health Centre (France)

care_wellbeing_icon80x80 A project by OBSIVEN in France to increase awareness amongst the medical profession to issues and treatments peculiar to members of the nuclear community.

Cytogenetic Research (UK)

cytogentics_circleThe Nuclear Community Charity Fund have commissioned Brunel University London to conduct research into potential genetic damage within both veterans and offspring.  The project  has been made possible using monies from the Aged Veterans Fund which was funded by the Chancellor from LIBOR fines.



The results of this research will help shine a light into the world of darkness we live under the shadow of the bomb

Mental Health (UK)

mental_circleThis project aims to identify common mental health issues found within the British Nuclear Community and to develop a comprehensive treatment methodology to reduce the negative impact of these conditions. Developed and delivered using monies from the Aged Veterans Fund which was funded by the Chancellor from LIBOR fines.

Nuclear Families (UK)

family_circleThe Nuclear Families project funded by the NCCF is examining the social aspects of the British Nuclear Community to provide an insight into measures that will ‘even the playing field’ for this unique group of people. university_southampton_white_on_blue_0The project is being delivered by Southampton University using monies from the Aged Veterans Fund which was funded by the Chancellor from LIBOR fines.

Remembrance (UK)

remembrance_circleThis project will restore and upgrade memorials to Nuclear Test Veterans across the UK and lead to the creation of an on-line immersive living museum connected through each memorial. The work on this project is being managed by BH Associates using monies from the Aged Veterans Fund which was funded by the Chancellor from LIBOR fines.

Care & Wellbeing Fund (UK)

care_circleThe Nuclear Community Charity fund began making grants to members of the British Nuclear Test Veterans Community in 2016.

These grants directly fund the provision of domestic living adaptations, respite care, physical health therapies, mental health therapies, mobility aids and social integration measures.

Grants are made using monies from the Aged Veterans Fund which was funded by the Chancellor from LIBOR fines.

The aim of this fund is to reduce suffering and increase health and wellbeing

Health Survey (France)

cytogenics_icon_80x80This survey conducted in 2008 across 1800 persons by Dr Jean-Louis Valatx exposed considerable differences in the health experiences of the nuclear community to the remaining French population.

OBSIVEN Constituent Members

Groups and Organisations within our umbrella


Association des Vétérans des Essais Nucléaires


Nuclear Community Charity Fund


Observatoire International Des Disportifs De Suivi Des Victimes Des Essais Nucleaires Et Du Nucleaire Civil Et Militaire


British Nuclear Test Veterans Association

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