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Operation of the ANSTO radiopharmaceutical production facility



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OPERATION OF THE ANSTO RADIOPHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTION FACILITY

09 Feb 2011

The Australian Government takes very seriously the safety and operation of the ANSTO radiopharmaceutical production facility.

I am aware of incidents reported recently in the media, which took place at ANSTO’s radiopharmaceutical production facility in September 2007 and August 2008. These events are the subject of a Comcare investigation that is itself under review.

I take allegations such as those aired last night very seriously. I have been closely monitoring these events for a considerable time.

I have asked my Department to examine the operation of the ANSTO radiopharmaceutical production facility and the OH&S practices in place at present at the facility.

As part of the review, my Department will also seek the assistance of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), the independent regulator, with respect to ANSTO’s compliance with the facility licence.