International campaign to stop HEU use in radiopharmaceutical production

MAY 2008: IPPNWi has launched a medical campaign, as part of ICANi, to accelerate the global conversion of radioisotope-producing reactors from highly enriched uranium (HEUi) to low enriched uranium (LEU). The objective of the campaign is the passage of resolutions by medical associations around the world, in order to place irresistible pressure on those few producers who continue to use HEUi needlessly.

 While it may seem like a small matter compared with the task of eliminating some 25,000 nuclear weapons from the world's arsenals, this is a proliferation problem in the medical profession's own backyard. Health care professionals have an obligation to hasten the phase-out of medical commerce in HEUi and so terminate one of the most vulnerable pathways to the much-feared "terrorist bomb."

 IPPNWi's International Council and IPPNWi Board are asking all IPPNWi affiliates to take contact their national medical associations and specialty associations, and to inform their leaderships of the the use of HEUi in medical isotope production. 

  • See our Nuclear Medicine page for more details including a fact sheet and draft policy for professional organisations
  • These resources, plus a powerpoint presentation, are also available from the IPPNW website