September 27, 2010
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has released a report related to the medical isotope supply situation: The Supply of Medical Radioisotopes: Interim Report of the OECD/NEA High-level Group on Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes.
The report presents the findings of the OECD/NEAs High-level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR) work to date. In this interim report, the main issues that affect the reliable supply of 99Mo and 99mTc are identified. The report discusses the current situation and issues being faced by producing reactors and processors, including capacity limitations and constraints. Progress made in encouraging more reliable supply are presented, including developing communication protocols, assessing transportation barriers, understanding the economic situation of the supply chain and reviewing alternative 99Mo/99mTc production technologies. Moving into the last year of its mandate, the report highlights the next steps of the HLG-MR in its efforts to support the long-term reliability of 99Mo/99mTc supply.