Safety promotion and irradiation protection the driving factors for CNIC’s newest partnership with the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada

The Radiation Safety Institute of Canada is dedicated to advancing radiation safety in the workplace, environment and community, and the prevention of injuries and cancers resulting from unacceptable exposures to radiation. The Institute has joined a growing list of member organizations of the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council (CNIC), an independent body made up of representatives from the Canadian health sector, nuclear industry and leading research groups.

“As a world-class centre of excellence, our mission is to promote radiation safety and awareness through sharing scientific knowledge and best practices,” said Vic Pakalnis, P.Eng., Interim President of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada. “Canadian-produced medical isotopes save lives through cancer treatments and medical instrument sterilization worldwide, and we are partnering with CNIC to assure the public that Canada will maintain the world’s most rigorous standards of safety and quality assurance throughout the production and global supply chain, Our institute is known among our stakeholders, clients and the community for our dedication to safety, the quality of our work and the integrity of our people, and we are pleased to bring our same high standards to this relationship with the CNIC.”

“In the nuclear industry safety is always our number one priority, and it is no different when it comes to the processing, handling and manufacturing of isotopes,” said James Scongack, Chair of the CNIC. ”At Bruce Power we put a great deal of focus and effort into safe operations, worker safety, and active engagement within the local communities, and it’s important that the same critical care is taken by the entire isotope sector supply chain.”

“Canadians and people around the world rely on the continuous availability of medical isotopes and see the potential for market growth in this industry. We must continue to do that work by respecting the highest safety standards.”

To ensure that Canadians benefit from recent advances in nuclear medicine, Canada must build and maintain a domestic supply of both established and emerging medical isotopes, and strengthen its ability to convert raw isotopes into clinical-quality products. The CNIC will remain focused on ensuring that Canada continues to be a world leader in the production of life-saving isotopes by bringing awareness and supporting long-term policies at the domestic and international levels that will save countless lives and support health-care innovation for decades to come.

About Radiation Safety Institute of Canada

Founded in 1980, the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada is an independent, national organization dedicated to promoting and advancing radiation safety in the workplace, in the environment and in the community. Our commitment to the principle of “good science in plain language”® underpins everything we do.

The Radiation Safety Institute of Canada was founded as an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental body to promote safety in relation to radiation exposure in the workplace and in homes, schools and the environment. Its founding was a direct, independent response to the human disaster in the Elliot Lake uranium mines, where healthy miners had been exposed to excessive amounts of a common radioactive gas (called radon) in the underground mining environment.

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