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10 November 2017

Accelerator grant given for water treatment project

Fermilab scientist Jayakar ‘Charles’ Thangaraj has been awarded $200,000 from the Accelerator Stewardship Program of the U.S. Department of Energy to develop the design of a new, compact high-power accelerator. For more information follow the link to Fermilab

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8 November 2017

Whitepaper – A Comparison of Gamma, E-beam, X-ray and Ethylene Oxide Technologies for the Industrial Sterilization of Medical Devices and Healthcare Products

The White Paper is being jointly published by GIPA and iia. The purpose of the White Paper is to describe the role and importance of the key industrial sterilization methods to the healthcare industry and the means by which each technology ensures that products are safe and ready for their intended use. This paper focusses[…]

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7 November 2017

Marie Skłodowska Curie

November 7th, 2017, is the 150th anniversary of Marie Skłodowska Curie’s birth. A pioneer scientist in the field of radioactivity Marie Curie is famous for the discovery and isolation of polonium, a compound named after her country of birth, and radium. The International Irradiation Association is please to be able to honour Marie Skłodowska Curie[…]

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6 November 2017

Groups urge update to EU irradiation rules

The International Irradiation Association is referenced in the linked article which reports that the European Commission has been urged to revise the legislation related to the irradiation of food and ingredients. Food Quality News  

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31 October 2017

Revision of AAMI TIR29:2012: Guide for process characterization and control in radiation sterilization of medical devices

This technical information report provides additional guidance for characterizing the irradiation process and for establishing requisite process controls to ensure the irradiation system remains in a validated state. This document is intended to complement qualification and routine control activities as defined in ANSI/AAMI/ISO 11137 for gamma, X-ray, and electron beam sterilization Reference : AAMI TIR29:2012/(R)2017[…]

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30 October 2017

White Paper – Comparison: Gamma, Eb, Xray and EO for Sterilisation

The International Irradiation Association (iia) has worked with the Gamma Industry Processing Alliance (GIPA) to publish the attached White Paper: “A Comparison of Gamma, E-beam, X-ray and Ethylene Oxide Technologies for the Industrial Sterilization of Medical Devices and Healthcare Products”. The purpose of the White Paper is to discuss the role and importance of major[…]

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29 October 2017

Irradiated plastic water bottles could cut cement industry’s carbon emissions.

MIT undergraduate students have found that, by exposing plastic flakes to small, harmless doses of gamma radiation, then pulverizing the flakes into a fine powder, they can mix the irradiated plastic with cement paste and fly ash to produce concrete that is up to 15 percent stronger than conventional concrete. For more information follow the[…]

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23 October 2017

iia and the Panel on Gamma & Electron Irradiation

The iia attended a meeting of the Panel on Gamma & Electron Irradiation (‘Panel’) on Wednesday 18th October. Martin Comben of iia presented an update of iia activities including details of: its activities to help address the issue of cobalt-60 shipment denial through the Transport Facilitation Working Group including the production of new literature and it[…]

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20 October 2017

Exclusive invitation for iia members

Special Call for paper submission exclusive to iia members – RPC The International Irradiation Association in close contact with the Editors of the journal Radiation Physics and Chemistry (Elsevier), one of the most relevant journals for the radiation processing community has made available the contribution of iia members in the special issue entitled – Radiation[…]

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17 October 2017

Mango Industry – using irradiation to gain market access

In November 2015 ABC news reported on an opportunity to export Australian mangoes to the United States. The article highlighted the important role played by iia member Steritech and the State of Queensland to the initiative. “Brisbane irradiation facility ready for Australia’s first big season of mango deliveries to the USA“. This month, October 2017,[…]

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