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Dear Reader

 

Welcome to the Newsletter of the International Irradiation Association. For more information about the Association visit our website at iiaglobal.com 
 
This month we are pleased to welcome three new members; Seoul Radiology Services, NAMSA and Nelson Laboratories.
 
Eamonn Hoxy has retired from the board. His contribution, particularly as Chairman of the Program Committee for IMRP16 Montreal was significant. 
 
Readers are invited to send details of forthcoming events and/or news to the editor; Paul Wynne at: 
iia - New Members

  

The iia membership base continues to grow. Three new members have agreed to join the Association since the start of 2014. 

  • NAMSA. The Sterilisation Products Division manufacturers and markets a wide range of high quality sterilisation monitoring products used globally.  
  • Seoul Radiology Services (SRS). With its 10 Mev - 8 Kw electron accelerator machine (supplied by iia member Mevex) SRS offers a contract irradiation service near Seoul.

Further details on these and all iia members can be found on the iia website. We now have a series of filters that allow visitors to identify member organisations according to category and/or region.

IN THIS ISSUE
iia New Members
iia Board Changes
Guidelines for the Development, validation and Routine Control of Industrial Irradiation Processing
Food Irradiation
Heathcare and Standards
iia - Linkedin and Newsletter
Crosslinking Plastics
IMRP 18 - Location
Other News
Key Diary Dates
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iia Board changes. 
 

On the 19 February iia announced that Eamonn Hoxey (Johnson & Johnson) had retired from the Board of the International Irradiation Association. Eamonn joined the iia Board in April 2011. He has been an active contributor and participant at IMRP meetings. Most recently he was Chair of the Program Committee for IMRP 16 Montreal. The Board thanked Eamonn for his contribution to the development of the Association and wish him well for the future.  

 

The departure of Eamonn created an opening for a new Board member. The opportunity was posted on the iia website. The board now believe that they have identified an extremely well qualified person to replace Eamonn. 

 

Watch the iia website for more information. 

 

Guidelines for the Development, Validation and Routine Control of Industrial Radiation Processing.
 

The IAEA has published an excellent technical document entitled Guidelines for the Development, Validation and Routine Control of Industrial Radiation Processes (IAEA Radiation Technology Series No 4). The book provides guidance on meeting the requirements of ISO standards. Hard copies can be ordered at a price of 29 Euros each. A free pdf version can be downloaded from the IAEA website.

 

 

 

Food Irradiation.
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that existing measures to prevent the entry of citrus black spot (CBS) are "appropriate" dashing any hopes that the EU would loosen restrictions on citrus imports, most notably, from South Africa. A news items appeared on the iia website on 24 February. Further details are available on the Fresh Fruit Portal website - EFSA releases citrus black spot assessment. A separate article considers the dangers the restrictions present for trade and for the industry EU tightening could pose huge danger for global citrus industry.
  • US Federal Register - Lettuce and Spinach. On 22 August 2008 the FDA amended the food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of ionizing radiation for control of food-borne pathogens and extension of shelf life in fresh iceberg lettuce and fresh spinach. Objections to the change were raised but the FDA has now responded by concluding that the objections do not raise issues of material fact that justify a basis for revoking or modifying the amendment to the regulation. FDA has therefore denied the request for a stay of the effective date of the amendment to the food additive regulations and has confirmed the effective date of August 22, 2008. A link to the Federal Register entry can be found on the iia website.
  • Western Australia Mango Growers. Mango growers in Western Australia are concerned about the possible arrival of the mango seed weevil which could be introduced from non-irradiated mangos entering the territory from other states. The weevil would destroy access to overseas markets. The growers are therefore pleased with a decision by the Department of Agriculture which will review current quarantine procedures. Irradiation provides an effective means of mitigating the risk. Read more
  • Other Developments. The new gamma facility in Sri Lanka is reported to be processing spices. The IAEA are planning to acquire 2 self shielded gamma irradiators for the sterilisation of insects at low doses and a third one to study various applications of irradiation.
Healthcare and Standards.

 

ISO 198 WG2, WG8 and TG01. - the Working Groups that feed into ISO TC198 and the sterilization standards, have recently generated some actions:

  • WG 2 is working on revision of ISO11137 part 3 and is generating new CD for review and comment in mid-year.
  • WG 8 - microbiological methods - is to consider of a range of microbiological topics considered relevant to the interpretation of sterilization standards, particularly ISO11137 ahead of its revision process due to start later this year.
  • TG01 - Assurance of sterility. Considered that 'guidance is needed on identifying aspects that should be considered as part of a risk-based approach for selecting an SAL for a medical device that cannot withstand sterilization to a 10-6 SAL and to lay out a standardised approach to performing this assessment'.  A Proposal for a new work item to address this topic is to be put before the next meeting of TC198 scheduled for discussion at the upcoming meeting in Sydney.
iia Linkedin account and Newsletter.
 

The Association is now routinely posting updates on its Linkedin account. Registering via Linkedin may be an effective way to ensure that you remain up-to-date with developments. A link to the iia Linkedin account can be found on our home page www.iiaglobal.com

 

We have achieved a substantial increase in the number of readers during the past twelve months and are keen to build on this success. Please help us to ensure that the newsletter reaches everyone who may be interested in irradiation industry news by encouraging others to register to receive this free newsletter and by circulating it within your organisation. 

 

We are evaluating ways of providing members with an opportunity of advertising via the newsletter. Advertising would not be allowed detract from the clarity of the information that we provide. If you would like to comment on this proposal we would be pleased to hear from you. 

Crosslinking Plastics

 

Dr Andreas Ostrowicki Managing Director of Beta Gamma Services (BGS) and Uwe Stenglin of PTS Plastic Technologie Service contributed to an article which recently appeared in Kunststoffe International. The article highlighted that plastics crosslinked by irradiation are increasingly offering an economic alternative to high-performance thermoplastics. The article talks about rapidly developing applications, promising ideas and how mid-sized companies can keep up with the chemistry giants. Follow the link to the BGS website to access the full article.

IMRP 18 - Location

 

We are currently evaluating a possible location in the Americas for the next IMRP which would be held in February or March 2016. As soon as the location is confirmed news will be posted on the iia website and in the next available newsletter.

Other News.

  • Jiangsu Zhongke Hi-Wits Technology Development Co Ltd, which was established in 2009, has changed its name to CGN Zhonge Hi-Wits Technology Co Ltd after its partial acquisition by the China General Nuclear Power Corporation Ltd (CGNPC). Further information is available by taking the link to the news item that appears on the iia website.
  • Symec Engineers (India) Pvt Ltd recently completed the supply and installation of a 3 Mci multi purpose gamma plant in Biyagama, Sri lanka. The plant was officially opened on 17 February and is already processing medical disposables, spices and other products. The new facility is the 9th to have been supplied by Symec who anticipate completing the installation and commissioning of two more plants during 2014. More information together with links to newspaper articles can be found on the iia website news
  • IRaP 2014. The abstract submission deadline is 15 July 2014. A link to the IRaP website is available in the Key Diary Dates section.
  • The Panel. Whilst the website for the Panel on Gamma and Electron Irradiation is currently out of date (there are plans to correct this) a guidance note 'Guide to the use of low energy electron beams for microbiological decontamination of surfaces' is available on the website. This Guide describes the validation and routine monitoring of microbiological decontamination of surfaces by low energy electron beams (100-200 keV). It is mainly based on experience gained in connection with installation of electron beam systems for surface decontamination of pre-sterilized containers at several aseptic filling lines at pharmaceutical manufacturers. The main emphasis is on the dosimetric measurements that should be carried out for the validation of the decontamination process and on establishing the appropriate effective dose. Other aspects such as use of measurement uncertainties and formation of radiation induced by-products are also addressed.
  • ASTM Dosimetry Workshop - call for papers. ASTM Committee E61 on Radiation Processing is holding the 8th International Workshop on Dosimetry for Radiation Processing between August 3rd and 7th, 2014 at Keble College, Oxford University, England.  An informal poster session is planned as part of the workshop. Attendees interested in presenting their work should contact Ryan Tracy, ryan.tracy@steris.com for details. Titles and abstracts are due by May 1, 2014.  Confirmation of approval of the poster abstract will be sent to the author by May 30, 2014.
  • EuCARD-2 is an Integrated Activity Project for co-ordinated Research and Development on Particle Accelerators. It is co-funded by the European Commission under FP7 Capacities Programme. The project aims to contribute to positioning European accelerator infrastructures at the forefront of global research. Follow the link to access a short video about the project.
Key Diary Dates 

  

 

CIRMS. Annual Conference, Gaithersbury, Maryland, USA. 10-12 March 2014.
 
NCEBR - Workshop on E-Beam and X-Ray technologies, Texas, USA. 30 March - 4 April 2014.  
 
AAMI  ISO TC 198 Sterilisation of Healthcare Products meeting in Sydney, Australia. 4 April 2014.

AAMI  ISO TC 198 Sterilisation Standards Meeting, Baltimore USA. 14-16 April 2014.

ABNP 2014. Workshop on Accelerator based Neutron Production, Padova, Italy. 15-15 April 2014.

13th International Nuclear Industry Exhibition, 15-18 April 2014, Beijing, PR China

ASTM E61This Committee writes the Radiation Processing Standards. 22-25 June Jackson Hole, Wyoming

ASTM International Workshop on Dosimetry for Radiation Processing, Oxford, UK. 3-7 August 2014
 
4th International Nuclear Chemistry Conference, 14-19 September 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil
 
Nutech 2014. Development and Application of Nuclear Technologies, 21-24 September 2014, Warsaw, Poland
 
IRaP 2014. 5-9 October 2014, Jeju Island, Korea

 

 

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Editor: Paul Wynne

 

The iiA team consists of Paul Wynne - Director and General Manager, Yves Henon - Manager Asia Pacific, John Woolston - Manager Europe Middle East and Africa. John Newcombe - Finance & Admin Manager 

 

The iiA board: John Masefield (Executive Advisor Steris), Andrzej Chmielewski (Institute of Nuclear Technology), Kenneth Hsiao (Dasheng), Eamonn Hoxey (Johnson & Johnson), Byron Lambert (Abbot Vascular), Scott Mcintosh (Nordion), Dave Meyer (Sterigenics), Richard Steeves (Synergy).