Regulatory policies and practice

  • Azuwuike Owunwanne
  • Mohan Patel
  • Samy Sadek


Possession and use of radioactive materials require licenses from local and national regulatory agencies such as the Atomic Energy Agency and Radiation Protection Department. There are two basic types of licenses: individual and institutional. An individual license requires proof of competence in handling radioactive materials as obtained through formal education and workshops. An institutional license may permit the use of specific radionuclides or may be a broad license. Institutions with a broad license have the responsibility for approving use of specific radionuclides. The institution should have a radiation safety officer and committee to ensure safe handling of radioactive materials.


Formal Education Basic Type Regulatory Policy Radiation Protection Radioactive Material 
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Further Reading for Part Three

  1. 1.
    Freeman, L.M. and Blaufox, M.D. (eds) (1986) Seminars in Nuclear Medicine, Vol. 16, Nos. 2 and 3, Grune & Stratton, Orlando, FL.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    ICRP Publication No. 60. (1990) Recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, Pergamon, Oxford.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Kirstensen K. (ed.) (1979) Preparation and Control of Radiopharmaceuticals in Hospitals, IAEA technical reports series No. 194, IAEA, Vienna.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Radiation Protection Procedures, Safety (1973) IAEA technical series No. 38, IAEA Vienna.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Azuwuike Owunwanne, Mohan Patel and Samy Sadek 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Azuwuike Owunwanne
    • 1
  • Mohan Patel
    • 2
  • Samy Sadek
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Medicine, Faculty of MedicineKuwait UniversityKuwait
  2. 2.Kuwait Central Radiopharmacy Kuwait Cancer Control CenterMinistry of Public HealthKuwait
  3. 3.Department of Nuclear Medicine Faculty of MedicineKuwait UniversityKuwait

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