SCK•CEN partnership with IRE for radioactive isotopes

11 January 2019

The partnership between the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) and the Institut National des Radioéléments (IRE) has made it possible to find a structural solution for the management of all of the highly radioactive residues stored at the IRE’s site in Fleurus (Belgium) which have resulted from the production of radioactive isotopes for medical purposes. Known as RECUMO, this project will help to ensure the secure supply of radioactive isotopes for medical purposes within a global context that is characterised by increasing demand, while guaranteeing sustainable, long-term management of the residues.

As a key player in the nuclear medicine sector, Belgium is one of the five major players in the world that are responsible for the production and distribution of radioactive isotopes for medical purposes. Those radioactive isotopes are essential not only for diagnostics, but also for the treatment of certain diseases, including cancer.

The RECUMO project embodies Belgium’s commitments in the area of nuclear non-proliferation. It will be implemented in close collaboration with the Directorate-General for Energy of the Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-Employed and Energy, and under the supervision of Belgium’s Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC).

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