Editor's Comment

The events of the past few months have adversely impacted on our ability to prepare a newsletter. 

Recent projects have included responses to the draft US Appropriations Bill, which could have had far reaching consequences for the irradiation industry and work associated with organisation and promotion of the NICSTAR 2015 conference which was held in Mumbai in early March. 

In mid February we reported the sudden and unexpected death of John Newcombe who was our Finance and Admin Manager. This came as a shock and we extended our sincere condolences to John's widow Ceri and family. 

We will shortly resume inclusion of a Member focus in the newsletter but we are using this issue to highlight iia members who were leading sponsors of NICSTAR 2015. 

iia continues to have an increasing dialogue with other industry groups and associations. As part of this ongoing initiative we will give a plenary presentation to the CIRMS annual general meeting in Washington USA in late April 2015. 

Contact Paul Wynne.




US Appropriations Bill

US West Coast Ports

IMRP 2017

Mergers & Acquisitions


Universities & Institutes

Journal RPC

iia Communications

Food Irradiation Update

Key Diary Dates 






Radiation Processing in a Changing World

NICSTAR 2015 was held in Mumbai, India, in early March 2015. The conference was organised by the National Association for Application of Radioisotopes and Radiation in Industry (NAARRI) and the International Irradiation Association (iia). It attracted approximately 250 delegates including about 60 international delegates. 

The event was sponsored by iia members Microtrol, Jiangsu Dasheng Electron Accelerator, JSC Isotope, Symec Engineers, SQHL and Apar Industries.

There were five key sessions to the conference; Cobalt Supply and Irradiator Design; Cobalt Security and Disposal; the Growth of Eb and X-ray Technology; Applications of Irradiation and Regional and International Developments. The presence of all leading cobalt suppliers, radiation equipment suppliers, leading suppliers of electron beam and X-ray equipment and many support service companies as well as the IAEA, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) along with representation from a number of international institutes and universities ensured that the presentations, debates, posters and discussions were both relevant and topical.

The exhibitors were: Jiangsu Dasheng Electron Accelerator, CGN Hi WIts Technology Development Company, Wuxi El Pont Radiation Technology, JSC Isotope, Universal Medicap, Microtrol Sterilisation Services, Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology, Harwell Dosimeters, SQHL, Aerial, Gamma-Services Recycling, IBA, Symec Engineers, Pulsecho Systems, Electronics Corporation of India, Electronic and Engineering Company and Innotung.

The presentations, abstracts and posters have been uploaded to the International Irradiation Association website and are available in the Members Area under the heading Resource Centre. The conference handbook can be accessed via the iia website. This includes details of the abstracts, speakers and exhibitors.




appropriations2014 - U.S. Appropriations Bill

The draft US Appropriations Bill came to our attention in the Summer of 2014. Section 402 of the Bill made a number of proposals that would have significantly hindered the use of gamma irradiation in the United States and potentially internationally.  

The initial response to the Bill came from the US Nuclear Energy Institute, the American Nuclear Society, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Organisation of Agreement States. The US Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) subsequently coordinated the involvement of many industry representatives including the International Irradiation Association, GIPA and ISSPA. Individual and joint letters of representation were submitted to the Committee responsible for drafting the legislation highlighting individual and industry concerns.

In addition to working with, and through, NEI the International Irradiation Association supported AdvaMed in preparing and updating material which was used to explain the importance and benefits derived from the use of radiation processing and the unexpected consequences that the draft legislation would have if it were to be passed without amendment. Members of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) produce nearly 90% of the health care technology products purchased annually in the US and 40% of the products purchased globally.

As a result of widespread engagement section 402 was replaced and largely re-written before the Bill was enacted. In the sort term the difficulties that the original Bill would have created have been averted. Regulators will closely monitor the safety and security improvements which are already contained within title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations part 37 which became mandatory for NRC licensees in March 2014.

Through our association our industry will be in a better position to monitor
developments over the coming few years. Recent events have created a valuable network of organisations who have a significant interest in the availability of a broad choice of irradiation technologies and who have now established a working relationship which will need to be maintained and developed.


Copies of various documents relating to this topic have been posted on the iia website so that members of the Association are able to fully understand the events that took place and the actions that were taken by the parties involved.


westcoast USA - West Coast Port Labour Disruption 


There has been a long standing labour dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA). The labour negotiations began on 15 May 2014 but soon became acrimonious. The dispute resulted in work slowdowns and the risk of strike. The effect of this was delays in the movement of goods in and out of west coast ports in the United States, including the movement of cobalt shipping containers. As a consequence shipping companies reduced the number of vessels using the ports and, where possible, sought alternative routes. 

The US National Retail Federation co-ordinated pressure on the various parties to resolve their differences. The International Irradiation Association (iia) has supported the initiatives and has been a signatory to letters that have been sent to the parties. As the dispute continued assistance was sought from external parties including the President of the United States who was asked to intervene and to appoint an arbitrator. 

The dispute finally appears as if it might be resolved in the near future. On Friday 3 April 2015 ILWU delegates voted to recommend accepting the tentative agreement that was reached on 20 February 2015 between the union and employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association. The tentative agreement will be put to a vote in May 2015. 


The Wall Street Journal reported that, by the end of February, more than 30 ships were typically at anchor waiting to get into the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where operations had nearly ground to a halt. The Wall Street Journal reported that last Friday 13 ships were at anchor. Logistics and port professionals say that it could take 3-6 months for supply chains to recover.


imrp 18th IMRP to be held in Vancouver in Spring 2017 


In early 2015 we undertook a survey of iia members in order to seek their views on the location, timing and format of the next conference. The results of the survey are available on the iia website. There were many factors to consider including the timing of the next IRaP meeting, cost ,accessibility and content. After lengthy discussions and after taking all these factors into consideration it has been decided that the next IMRP conference will be held in Vancouver in Spring 2017. 

Vancouver offers a number advantages; an international airport with easy and quick access to the City, a large number of hotels which could meet our needs at a reasonable cost and experienced support services companies. 


IMRP 18 is likely to have a strong academic program as well providing foundational training for those who are new to the industry. 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the first IMRP conference. The next IMRP in 2017 will introduce a host of changes which will ensure that the event remains the leading conference for those interested in the safe and beneficial use of irradiation technology.


The past twelve months have been an active period for mergers and acquisitions in the irradiation industry. 

The acquisition of Nordion by Sterigenics in June 2014.


The Steris bid to acquire Synergy, which was announced in October 2014, has been delayed by requests from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The parties continue to work towards closing the combination in June 2015 and have agreed to extend the long stop date until 12 July 2015. 


In November 2014 the shareholders of An Phu (Vietnam) approved the planned merger with Thai Son (Vietnam). In December 2014 Agilitas, a pan-european mid-market private equity firm, announced that it had acquired Ionisos (France).


On the 23 March 2015 Sterigenics International announced that it had completed a recapitalisation with Warburg Pincus and GTCR. Sterigenics acquired Gammarad (Italy) in October 2014. 


Tihany Tihany Symposium on Radiation Chemistry


The "Tihany" Symposium on Radiation Chemistry organized by Centre for Energy Research (Hungary) in cooperation with IAEA and iia will be held in Balatonalmádi, Hungary in September 2015.

The Tihany Symposia have been organized every 4-5 years since 1962. The last Symposium was held in 2011. The events attract between 150 and 200 international participants.


The 2015 Symposium will address topics including; fundamental processes in radiation chemistry, irradiation applications, radiolysis of inorganic and organic systems, radiation chemistry, macromolecular systems, radiation sterilization, biomedical materials, environmental protection, food irradiation, packaging materials, dosimetry and process control.


The organisers are planning a special issue of the Journal of Radiation Physics and Chemistry to publish work that is presented at the meeting.

The International Irradiation Association (iia) will present a Scientific Award to a student who is deemed to have made a significant contribution to the science of radiation chemistry.


Universities and Institutes 


Scientific learning and development has always had an important place in the application of ionising radiation. iia recognises that universities, institutes and laboratories continue to be a valuable source of new ideas and innovation. Whilst a number of commercial organisations already actively work with academic institutions there is clearly more that can be done to engage with, and to support, scientific research and education. 

At the end of September the University of University of Frankfurt am Main was host to a workshop "Universities meet Laboratories". In Europe the Erasmus+ meeting are ongoing and EuCARD2 is being used to expand research and education. Professor Andrzej Chmielewski, who is a director of the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (Poland) and a member of the board of iia works closely with many research projects.

A growing number of institutes are members of iia and the Association is currently developing mechanisms that should ensure that it can better support these and other academic organisations who are members of iia.
Journal of Radiation Physics and Chemistry

The IMRP 17 edition of the Journal of Radiation Physics and Chemistry was published in December 2014.  Volume 105, December 2014 ISSN 0969-806X. A copy was sent to those who attended the last IMRP in Shanghai and a copy can be purchased from the publisher - Elsevier.

The guest editors for Volume 105 were Professor Arne Miller (Riso Denmark), Dr Byron Lambert (Abbott Vascular) and Dr John Woolston (iia). The board of iia would like to take this opportunity to express its sincere thanks to the editorial team. 
iia Communications


An increasing number of people are registering as members of the iia LinkedIn group the "International Irradiation Forum". The Forum can be found by searching under the groups tab on LinkedIn. 

We have initiated a project to rebuild the iia website and expect to have a new website, with greater functionality and mobile app capability, live by August 2015. 

Readership of the newsletter has grown significantly over the past twelve months but we are always looking at ways to expand our readership. Please share the newsletter with other people within your organisation and/or encourage them to register to receive the newsletter directly. This can be done by visiting the iia website at:

food Food Irradiation Update


  • Phytosanitary Irradiation Workshop. Yves Henon reports that the recent workshop organised by USDA APHIS and Chapman University was well attended and valuable. Professor Anuradha Prakash (Chapman University), Woodward Bailey (USDA APHIS), Yves Henon (IAEA), Eric Beers (Nordion), Murray Lynch (Steritech), David Brown (Mevex), Philippe Dethier (IBA), Suresh Pilai (Texas A&M University), Peter Lawrence (L3I) and Irina Kibina (Rosatom) as well as representatives from Gateway America, Benebion and Sterigenics were among 82 participants who attended the meeting in late March. iia will be considering how best to support the initiatives that were discussed at the workshop.
  • Security, Conservation et Irradiation. The IAEA have released a podcast in which Yves Henon explains that the irradiation of food is recognised as safe and effective process. The discussion is in French and can be accessed via the link.
  • In January 2015 it was announced that Australian irradiated mangoes were to gain access to the US marketStreritech (Australia) took a lead in opening the US market.The Australian Minister of Agriculture congratulates "growers, exporters and the food treatment industry" for achieving this breakthrough but it is our understanding that this breakthrough was mostly achieved as a result of the efforts and determination of Steritech.
  • Australia continues to make progress in accepting the benefits of irradiation. On 20th February 2015, Australia New Zealand Food Standards has approved the irradiation between 150 Gy and 1 kGy of apple, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, plum, honeydew, rockmelon, scaloppini, strawberry, table grape and zucchini (courgette). This brings to 24 the number of commodities for which phytosanitary irradiation can be applied.
  • New IAEA Coordinated Research Project (CRP) now open for proposals. Development of New Applications of Machine Generated Food Irradiation Technologies (Reference number D62024). For more information and links to the appropriate part of the IAEA website visit www.iiaglobal.com

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Editor: Paul Wynne


The iiA board: John Masefield - Chairman (Executive Advisor Steris - USA), Andrzej Chmielewski (Institute of Nuclear Chemistry & Technology - Poland), Kenneth Hsiao (Dasheng - China), Joyce Hansen (Johnson & Johnson - USA), Byron Lambert (Abbott Vascular - USA), Scott Mcintosh (Nordion - Canada), Dave Meyer (Sterigenics -USA), Paul Wynne (iia - United Kingdom).