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European Medicine Agency change

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has moved from being within the DG Industry to be within the DG Health & Consumers (DG Sanco).

The newsletter of DG Sanco, already announces that the news of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will now be part of the EU-Public Health Website.



Asian Network of Cardiologists in Radiation Protection Newsletter

Next iissue of the Newsletter of the Asian Network of Cardiologists in Radiation Protection is now available


IAEA releases Position Statement on Release of Patients after Radionuclide Therapy

The criteria for release of patients after radionuclide therapy varies widely in different countries. While there is little, if any, difference in scientific aspects as most countries agree on same level of dose for protection of persons involved, the way fears about radiation are handled in different countries has led to variations.

Link to full article on RPOP website

Recently raised issues of radiation risks to patients

In recent months, several media reports have focussed on radiation risks to patients undergoing CT and radiation treatment and have reported cases of over-exposures both in CT and radiotherapy.

Professional societies (AAPM, IOMP, ASTRO) and regulatory bodies (such as FDA) have shown concern. The FDA is launching a new initiative requiring all high-grade medical imaging machines "to include safety controls that prevent patients from receiving excessive radiation doses" and will urge manufacturers to "install safeguards on their machines that automatically notify operators if they are using a higher-than-recommended dose."

The IAEA has a number of actions that contribute to achieving higher levels of safety and reducing the probability of radiation events.

 Link to full article at RPOP

IAEA SmartRadTrack (earlier called Smart Card) project

IAEA launches project to develop methodologies to track radiation exposure of patients for Radiation SmartCare

 Link toarticle at RPOP

Hospital scanner could curb nuclear waste threat

Medical equipment used for diagnosis of patients with heart disease and cancer could be a key weapon in stopping nuclear waste seeping into the environment, according to new research.
 A team of scientists from the Universities of Manchester and Leeds have joined forces with experts in nuclear medicine at Manchester Royal Infirmary, using medical gamma-ray cameras to track radioactive isotopes in soil samples from a US civil nuclear site.

 The University of Manchester logomanchester