Open access activities to the nuclear research facilities operated at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Geel are reported. These activities are carried out by the unit Standards for Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards of the Directorate for Nuclear Safety and Security as part of its work programme. The open access activities at JRC Geel run since 2014 as an institutional programme under the EURATOM work programme. In 2017 the JRC decided to start a JRC-wide open access scheme to its research infrastructure co-ordinated by the Directorate for Strategy, Work Programme and Resources. The transition to a JRC-wide open access scheme is discussed and the results of the first two calls for proposals during 2017 and 2018 are summarised.