European Research Reactor Position Paper. Scenario for sustainable Molybdenum-99 production in Europe
|Auteur||CEA, NCBJ, NRG, PALLAS, RCR, SCK•CEN, TUM|
|Classificatie||6.07.4.60/46 (ALLERLEI - MEDISCHE ISOTOPEN - NUCLEAIRE GENEESKUNDE )|
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European Research Reactor Position Paper Scenario for sustainable Molybdenum-99 production in Europe by CEA, NCBJ, NRG, PALLAS, RCR, SCK•CEN and TUM 15 June 2018 Pierre Yves Thro, Jean Pierre Coulon – CEA, France Grzegorz Krzysztoszek – NCBJ, Poland Ronald Schram – NRG, the Netherlands Hermen van der Lugt – PALLAS, the Netherlands Jan Milcak – RCR, Czech Republic Leo Sannen, Bernard Ponsard – SCK•CEN, Belgium Winfried Petry, Heiko Gerstenberg – TUM, FRM II, Germany Scenario for sustainable Molybdenum-99 production in Europe SUMMARY The European medical community and patients need a reliable continuous supply chain for Mo-99/Tc-99m. Since the 2008 crisis the OECD High Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG MR), the European Observatory and Association of Imaging Producers & Equipment Suppliers (AIPES) support and secure providing and sustainable production of Mo-99 based on research reactors. Europe plays the leading role in the supply of Mo-99/Tc-99m because it hosts the largest, most coherent and coordinated supply chain from the target manufacturing to medical applications. For Europe, the European Observatory is the leading body for this coordinated approach. Its main strategic objectives are: support a secure Mo-99/Tc-99m supply, ensure that the issue of Mo-99/Tc-99m supply is given high political visibility and establish periodic reviews of the supply capacities and demand. It is meant to provide the coordinated view of the Mo-99/Tc-99m irradiator facilities as a basis for the European decision-making process. In the next decade, it is expected that several European irradiating reactors will shut down. The upcoming capacities of FRM II (Germany) and JHR (France) will be urgently needed for the mid-term but to maintain a sustainable supply in the long-term it will be necessary to provide for further newly built Mo-99/Tc-99m irradiator facilities. To make this economically viable and to encourage investments, full cost recovery (FCR) within the production chain is an indispensable condition. For the irradiator facilities this means an increase of the price paid for the irradiation services. To strengthen the European network all stakeholders should actively participate in the coordinated actions of the European Observatory and AIPES.