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  • SCK CEN - Beheersovereenkomst (2024)
    18 April '24

    Belgian State and SCK CEN sign a management agreement

    The Belgian State, represented by Minister for Energy Tinne Van der Straeten, and SCK CEN, represented by Derrick-Philippe Gosselin (Chairman) and Peter Baeten (Director-General), signed a management agreement on Thursday 18 April. At the same time, the National Institute for Radioelements (IRE) also signed its management agreement. 

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    29 February '24

    SCK CEN sheds light on the long-term effects of radioisotopes in rivers and enhances protection for humans and nature

    New method for assessing the impact of medical radiopharmaceuticals on the environment

    When you receive a diagnosis or treatment involving medical radioisotopes in the hospital, a small amount of radioactivity ends up in the sewer after your restroom visit. But what if we use more of these medical substances in the future? Will the existing protective measures still be effective? Research conducted by SCK CEN, the Belgian Nuclear Research Center, provides a way to assess the safety of these discharges. As part of the European SINFONIA project, experts proactively investigated the potential long-term effects of hospital wastewater on the environment and human health. The result is a new methodology for more accurately assessing the possible impact on people, animals, and the environment. “This approach is particularly useful for predicting the impact of future new medications on the ecosystem and proactively adjusting regulations as needed,” emphasizes Jordi Vives i Batlle, an expert in impact studies at SCK CEN.