UAE nuclear regulatory body inaugurates dosimetry laboratory
Operated by FANR, the Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory will provide radiation measurement and calibration services
The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) has announced the launch of its Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL) at Khalifa University of Science and Technology.
The launch of the laboratory is in line with FANR’s efforts to protect the country’s public, workers, and the environment through its nuclear regulatory programmes in radiation protection, UAE state news agency, WAM, reported.
Operated by FANR, the SSDL will help the federal authority to provide radiation measurement and calibration services to ensure that accurate doses are delivered to patients undergoing diagnosis and therapy, and that radiation measurement instruments used in the UAE provide the expected degree of accuracy to support radiation protection.
FANR director-general Christer Viktorsson commented: "The inauguration of the Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory represents another step taken to ensure radiation protection of the public, workers and the environment.
“SSDL is one of cornerstones at FANR in building the radiation protection infrastructure in the UAE."
Meanwhile, Dr Tod Laursen, president of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: "The inauguration of the Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory at our campus premises signifies the extent of our collaboration in the UAE’s strategic sectors.
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“Through the lab, we aim to play a crucial role in supporting FANR’s activities that aim to ensure full compliance of regulations. We also hope the lab will help students explore research projects in related areas, enabling us to create intellectual and human capital in this sector."
The laboratory will reportedly assist licensees, whether in medical, industrial, or nuclear sector, to comply with FANR regulations and enable them to obtain the calibration services for their instruments within the UAE, rather than sending their equipment abroad.
According to WAM, the International Atomic Energy (IAEA), supported establishment of the SSDL by providing international best practices, expertise, and equipment.
In 2017, the SSDL passed two proficiency tests conducted by the IAEA and, in February 2018, joined the IAEA/WHO SSDL Network, which has 80 laboratories in 67 countries.