High-level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes

The NEA established the High-level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR) in April 2009 to examine the underlying reasons for the global 2009-10 supply shortage and to develop a policy approach to ensure the long-term security of supply of molybdenum-99 (99Mo) and technetium-99m (99mTc). To achieve its objectives, the HLG-MR has reviewed the 99Mo/99mTc supply chain and identified the key areas of vulnerability, the issues that need to be addressed and the mechanisms that could be used to address those issues. The HLG MR has agreed on a policy approach to ensure the long-term reliability of supply and recognised that governments have the ultimate responsibility for establishing an environment conducive to investment and for regulations related to the 99Mo/99mTc supply chain.


Last reviewed: 4 December 2013