UPDATE: ANM Licence Amendment
2 April 2020
Attributable to a spokesperson for ANSTO:
Production of bulk Mo-99 at ANSTO’s nuclear medicine production facility ANM can be increased when staffing arrangements are in place, after a decision from the nuclear regulator.
Mo-99 is the parent isotope of Technetium-99m, which is used in hospitals and nuclear medicine centres to diagnose a variety of heart, lung, organ and muscular-skeletal conditions.
It is the world’s most commonly used nuclear medicine, with tens of millions of patients needing access to the medicine around the world every year.
On March 27 2020, ARPANSA’s CEO amended ANM’s current licence to allow for a measured increase in production of this potentially lifesaving nuclear medicine.
The decision followed an application to ARPANSA from ANSTO in November 2019 to remove a restriction on production at ANM following regulatory actions undertaken earlier in 2019.
The amended licence provides for production to ramp up slowly, from three, to four and possibly more runs per week, evaluating the one phase before moving to the next. This will commence in due course.
ANM has been meeting Australia’s domestic needs for nuclear medicine, and production will continue at that level until the broader health situation allows staffing arrangements to return to normal.
Two-thirds of ANSTO’s workforce are currently working from home on account of the COVID pandemic, while reactor, safety, security, nuclear medicine and other essential staff work on campus as per normal.
The on-campus staff have been split into two distinct teams for business continuity purposes, to ensure ongoing supplies of critical nuclear medicines, which Australians rely on every day.
ANSTO acknowledges ARPANSA’s independent regulatory oversight and its role in supporting a safe and strong future for nuclear medicine in Australia.
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