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28 March 2007

Why the Changes and Additions to ISO 11137

Readers of iiA eNewsletter will be aware of the publication in 2006 of the two normative ‘radiation’ standards, (EN) ISO 11137-1 Requirements for development, validation and routine control of a sterilization process for medical devices and (EN) ISO 11137-2 Establishing the sterilization dose; these, with time, will replace the original standards, EN 552:1994 and ISO […]

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28 March 2007

Irradiation of Wood Packaging Material- ISPM 15 under revision

Currently there is no internationally approved international standard for phytosanitary measure (ISPM) for the treatment of wood packaging (e.g. pallets, crates, boxes) that allows for the use of irradiation. In 2007, the International Plant Protection Convention Secretariat, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will be calling for submissions of treatments of wood […]

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22 February 2007

The Position of EN ISO 11137-2 in Europe

Following the joint CEN and ISO revision of EN 552:1994 and ISO 11137:1995 (with ISO lead) and the requisite CEN and ISO approvals of the resulting documents, ISO published the first edition of ISO 11137-2, Sterilization of health care products – Radiation – Part 2: Establishing the sterilization dose on 15 April 2006. As is […]

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22 February 2007

AdvaMed Statement to National Academy of Sciences

AdvaMed, the world’s largest association representing manufacturers of medical devices, diagnostics and information systems submitted their statement on January 29, 2007 to the USA National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS), Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board re: Radiation Source Use and Replacement. This nine-page Advamed report clearly outlines the importance and very serious consequences regarding the potential […]

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26 January 2007

NRC Pai’ina Irradiator Public Meeting

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold a public meeting in Honolulu on Feb. 1 to seek public comment on a draft environmental assessment for a proposed irradiator to be built and operated adjacent to the Honolulu International Airport. Based on the draft assessment, the NRC concludes that there would be no significant environmental impact […]

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1 December 2006

Dirty Bomber’s Deadly Plots Exposed

Recently convicted terrorist Dhiren Barot engaged in a variety of feasibility studies to wreak large-scale attacks on western targets that included the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives. Hidden deep within his files, police discovered numerous research papers, documents and plans prepared for approval by al-Queda leadership. Simplicity of the plan […]

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1 December 2006

A Different World and Cobalt-60

Terrorist Dhiren Barot reminds us of the depravity of those we are up against and it is indeed a different world we live in. The IAEA statistics can be interpreted that authorities are more successful in sharing information, tracking incidents and stopping potential terrorists. What does this mean for our industry? The fact is cobalt-60 […]

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30 November 2006

IAEA Report: Illicit Trafficking of Radioactive Materials

On August 21 2006 the IAEA released a report on, “Illicit Trafficking and Other Unauthorized Activities involving Nuclear and Radioactive Materials”. Established in 1995, the Agency’s Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) covers a broad range of cases from illegal possesion, attempted sale and smugling to unauthorized disposal of materials and discoveries of lost radiological or ” […]

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1 October 2006

IAEA Safe Transport of Radioactive Material

The IAEA has been publishing Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material since 1961. Meeting its statutory obligation to foster the exchange and training of scientists and experts in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy, the IAEA has developed a standardized approach to transport safety training. This training manual is an anchor […]

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1 September 2006

Skype – A Great Way to Call Around the World

Skype is one way iia keeps the high cost of telephone calls to a minimum and still stay connected with our membership. What Skype has is a simple bit of software that enables you to use your computer to call other Skype users on their computer — anywhere in the world for free. Furthermore it […]

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