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Molybdenum Supplies

Latest communicaton from the OECD on medical radioisotope supply

Below is a link for your information is the latest update from the AIPES ERT group on the continuing NTP problem and also some advice about a recent Generator Facility problem in Australia. The next ERT meeting is scheduled for 9 July 2018.

ERT message concerning NTP supply 2 July 2018

Please note that there has not been a problem with either the OPAL Reactor or Processing facility and that international shipments of bulk 99Mo have continued as scheduled. Please consult the ANSTO website ( for correct information.

We will continue to monitor the supply situation closely, if you are regularly experiencing shortages at the moment, please let us know the details.

Communicaton below from Jean-Michel Vanderhofstadt, Director General AIPES and Bernard Ponsard, Chairman ERT

Mo---99 Production Activities at NTP Radioisotopes (NTP) 

Brussels, 12 June 2018
The AIPES Emergency Response Team (ERT*) composed of Mo-99 processors, research reactors, and generator manufacturers had a telecon on Tuesday 12 June 2018 to receive an update from NTP Radioisotopes (South Africa) on the temporary interruption of its Mo-99 and I-131 production activities. NTP reported that it had a meeting with the South African National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) on Friday 8 June to identify the information and documentation, which was submitted on Monday 11 June after successful completion. NTP now awaits NNR’s feedback and approval in response to its request to resume Mo-99 production operations.
All actors in the supply chain have instituted back-up plans as well as re-arranged production in order to meet customer requirements to the degree possible and as well to communicate to their customers. AIPES will continue see to the efficient coordination of these mitigation actions and will communicate to the concerned stakeholders as per the ERT processes in place.
Another ERT call will be held on Monday 18 June. 

Temporary Cessation of Mo99 Production activities by NTP Radioisotopes (NTP) - update

UPDATE 13.07.2018 - Read the latest update from AIPES here

Please find a link below to an update provided by AIPES concerning the problem with supply from NTP in South Africa.

View link here

Information on the actual Mo99 supply situation

View the letter below from the Vice President Northern Europe of Mallinckrodt Netherlands Holdings B.V.

Read here

Released 22.11.2017

US National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine report on Molybdenum-99 for Medical Imaging

The US National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine have produced a report on Molybdenum-99 for Medical Imaging. The report can be downloaded by following the the link below:
The below statement has been released from the OECD HLG-MR Communications sub-group in response to the report.

AIPES press release on Mo99 capacity

An AIPES press release on Mo99 capacity from late 2016 through 2017 has been released.

View press release here

The press release will be posted on the HLG-MR page of the NEA website

Click here for the NEA website

Supply update weeks 11 - 19

There is some risk of supply reduction in March, when ORIS will shut down during weeks 11 and 12 and in April when there are NRU outages in weeks 16, 17, 18.

Other potential risk periods are May, week 19 and June, week 23.

Prof. Alan Perkins, High Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes.

NEA Press Release concerning the Joint Declaration

Please click on the link below to view full article from World Nuclear News regarding Molybdenum supplies: