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March 2017: Panel AGM welcomes 4 new members and a new chairman.....
At a well attended Panel AGM on March 15 we welcomed 4 new members (IBA Industrial, JSC Isotope, Nordion/REVIS and Wright Medical). The meeting also witnessed the transition in chairman from John Harries of Steris AST to Mario Bernkopf of BBF steriXpert. John Woolston also superseded Adam Whaites as Panel treasurer. Many thanks to our hosts NPL who provided the sunny meeting venue at Bushy House, Teddington to the west of London as seen in the photograph above.
October 2016: Panel meeting in Birmingham
The Panel meeting on Wednesday October 12 was well attended and included informative presentations by the International Irradiation Association (iia) and Comet ebeam. The next meeting is scheduled for March 2017 at NPL.
August 2016: Sterigenics/Nordion acquire Reviss
It has been announced that cobalt-60 supplier Reviss Services is to be acquired by Sterigenics/Nordion. For those plants using Reviss pencils this important development will likely secure access to cobalt going forward, but also serves to cement Nordion's near monopoly in the market. Press release is available here: Nordion - Reviss press release
August 2016: iia and the Panel meet
The Panel and the International Irradiation Associate (iia) recently met to discuss areas of potential cooperation under the Affiliate Agreement signed in January this year. It is recognised that while both organisations work to promote best practice in radiation processing they wish to remain independent and have different areas of strength. The Panel has productive Working Groups, a strong role in developing, reforming and implementing standards and holds regular member meetings. The iia has international reach, effective communication with the irradiation industries and has forged relationships with multiple regulatory, regional and industry specific organisations. It has been agreed that the iia will assist the Panel with promotion of its activities to the wider irradiation community including publication of the output from Panel Working Groups on the iia website. A representative of the iia will attend future Panel meetings to provide an update on current iia activities and to be available to discuss and learn more of relevant industry issues. There is also a desire from both sides to develop joint activities and to arrange joint meetings to address wider industry issues where working together can maximise impact.
June 2016: Aerial and IBA announce new irradiation development centre - electron beam and X-ray
Official press release on 13 June regarding a cooperation between Aerial and IBA to build a unique radiation centre for the development, test and training cente for irradiation processes using 10MeV electron beam and 5/7MeV X-ray based on IBA Rhodotron technology. The Centre will be known as FEERIX. Full Press Release is available here: IBA Press Release
May 2016: Successful Panel training course in radiation dosimetry (24-26 May, Strasbourg)
Aerial hosted a training course in Practical Dosimetry for Radiation Processing organised by the Panel and delivered by Panel members from Riso, NPL and Aerial. Participant Katja Follner of Beta Gamma Service commented 'I learned about the types of dosimeters and systems in use and how they are calibrated. There were also sessions on process definition, validation and control which relate to the standard ISO 11137. The training involved hands-on practical sessions as well as theory. I particularly enjoyed the practical session on calibration and the stimulating exchange with other participants. I would recommend this course to anyone who needs to learn more about dosimetry in radiation processing'.
March 2016: Panel AGM held at NPL, Teddington, UK
The Panel on Gamma and Electron Irradiation held its Annual General Meeting on 16 March 2016 at Bushy House, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington UK. It was attended by a good cross-section of the membership and was preceeded by a meeting of the Dosimetry Working Group the previous day.