PNRI secures ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation for its OSL & TLD personnel monitoring services
The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) recently secured its ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation for its personnel monitoring services (PMS). The accreditation of DOST-PNRI’s personnel monitoring services helps ensure the safety of workers exposed to radiation sources in the country.
Said accreditation was awarded to DOST-PNRI’s Radiation Protection Services Section (RPSS) which provides passive dosimeters to occupationally exposed workers in the country in order to measure the accumulated radiation doses they receive.
Two services, the a) Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dosimeter Personnel Monitoring Service (OPMS) and b) Thermoluminescence Dosimeter Personnel Monitoring Service (TPMS) were successfully accredited following the external audit via remote assessment by Philippine Accreditation Bureau.
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James Harold Guillermo of the E-beam Irradiation Facility gives a walk-through of the E-beam irradiation process to the officials of Brgy. Sampaloc and Tanay LGU, and management of the Irradiation Solutions, Inc. which is in the process of setting-up an E-beam irradiation facility for commercial purposes in said barangay. (Photo: Joan L. Tugo, PNRI-NIDS)
DOST-PNRI’s irradiation facility serves as benchmark to Tanay dads
Local government officials of Tanay and Barangay Sampaloc of said town recently experienced first-hand how an irradiation facility works, and had all their radiation-related questions answered, in a recent educational visit to the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute’s electron beam (or E-beam) irradiation facility. Admitted in batches that strictly followed current health protocols, the LGU representatives had a walk-through of the irradiation process and learned the functions of all the equipment used.
The DOST-PNRI’s E-beam facility, operated by the Irradiation Services Section (ISS) of the Nuclear Services Division, is used for full-scale research and development and semi-commercial E-beam services. The E-beam facility has a fast irradiation delivery and is currently being used to produce high-value products from natural and synthetic polymers. It is also used in the irradiation of the PNRI-developed plant growth promoter made from seaweeds and can increase yield in rice, mungbean, and peanut from 30-45 percent.
DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña (middle), PNRI Director Dr. Carlo Arcilla (2nd from left), Via Verde President Dave Ranile (2nd from right), PNRI Career Scientist Dr. Lucille Abad (extreme left) and Mr. Steven Hung of Via Verde (extreme right) during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Project Development Assistance for Irradiation Services between DOST-PNRI and Via Verde, who plans to establish a commercial irradiation facility in the near future.
PNRI partners with private sector for commercial irradiation facility
Reaching another milestone in radiation technologies for Filipino industries, the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) will provide its expertise to private firm Via Verde in its bid to establish a fully commercial irradiation facility in the Philippines.
PNRI Director Dr. Carlo Arcilla and Via Verde President Dave Ranile signed the memorandum of understanding for PNRI to provide technical assistance in irradiation services on June 16, with no less than DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña as ceremonial witness.
Via Verde’s projected commercial facility will use gamma radiation to process agricultural products and improve their quality and competitiveness in the market, while eventually looking to expand their services to the sterilization of medical equipment, among others.
The company is also looking forward to PNRI’s upgrading of its Cobalt-60 Multipurpose Irradiation Facility (MIF) as it intends to enter into a block-time agreement with PNRI for operating the facility.