Regulatory action – Best Theratronics Ltd.

Under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and associated regulations, various levels of regulatory action can be taken by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment.

2015

November 17, 2015

Update on regulatory action issued to Best Theratronics Ltd.

On November 17, 2015, the CNSC confirmed that Best Theratronics Ltd. had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued on October 6, 2015. The corrective measures implemented by the company were reviewed and found to be satisfactory by CNSC staff.

October 6, 2015

Today, the CNSC announced it had issued an order to Best Theratronics Ltd. (Best Theratronics), a company based in Ottawa, ON. The company currently holds a Class 1B Nuclear Substance Processing Facility Operating Licence authorizing the operation of cyclotrons, a nuclear substance processing facility, and a radioactive source teletherapy machine.

The order was issued on October 6, 2015, after CNSC review of a fire hazard analysis submitted by Best Theratronics as a requirement of their licence. CNSC staff subsequently inspected the site and found non-compliances with the National Fire Code of Canada (NFC) with respect to a dust collector machine in the carpentry shop.

The order requires Best Theratronics to cease operation of the dust collector and to ensure that it complies with the NFC prior to future use. CNSC staff will inspect the Best Theratronics facility to ensure that the conditions in the order have been met.

The CNSC requires these measures to protect the health and safety of workers and the public.

August 25, 2015

Order to Best Theratronics Ltd.

On August 24, 2015, the CNSC issued an order to Best Theratronics Ltd. (Best Theratronics), a company based in Ottawa, ON, that manufactures external beam therapy units and self-contained blood irradiators. The company currently holds a CNSC licence that authorizes the possession, use, management, storage, transfer, import, export and disposal of nuclear substances and prescribed equipment.

The order was issued following Best Theratronics’ failure to comply with the licence condition of Commission-issued licence NSPOFL- 14.01/2019 that imposes requirements on Best Theratronics to provide an acceptable financial guarantee by July 31, 2015.

The order requires the licensee to dispose of or transfer all depleted uranium, sealed sources and prescribed equipment in its possession, cease all imports and increases to its current inventory of sealed sources and prescribed equipment containing radioactive sources or depleted uranium, and limit the operation of particle accelerators. Best Theratronics is also required to report monthly to the CNSC on the disposal status and provide the CNSC with a revised preliminary decommissioning plan and financial guarantee update.

The CNSC has imposed these measures to protect the health and safety of workers and the public, as well as the environment.

2012

July 26, 2012

Update on regulatory action issued to Best Theratronics Ltd.

On July 26, 2012, the CNSC confirmed that Best Theratronics Ltd. had complied with all the terms and conditions of the order issued to this company on July 6. The corrective measures implemented by Best Theratronics Ltd. were reviewed and found satisfactory by CNSC staff.

July 11, 2012

Order to Best Theratronics Ltd.

On July 11, 2012, the CNSC announced it had issued an order to Best Theratronics Ltd. on July 6. The order was issued because the company had been conducting unauthorized nuclear activities involving a high-risk radioactive sealed source.

The order requires Best Theratronics Ltd. to immediately cease all imports, exports and transfers of all nuclear substances and prescribed equipment until it carries out effective remedial measures to the satisfaction of the CNSC.

The order was issued after Best Theratronics failed to comply with the conditions of its CNSC licence. These conditions relate to the export of a high-risk sealed source to New Zealand, and were put in place as part of Canada's international obligations under the International Atomic Energy Agency Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources.

The conduct of unauthorized activities by Best Theratronics Ltd. poses an unreasonable risk to national security, the environment and the health and safety of persons and does not allow the CNSC to meet its international obligations pursuant to the Code.