ISO 19461-2:2022

Radiological protection — Measurement for the clearance of waste contaminated with radioisotopes for medical application — Part 2: Management of solid radioactive waste in nuclear medicine facilities


This document addresses aspects of management of solid biomedical radioactive waste from its generation in nuclear medicine facilities to final clearance and disposal, as well as the manner to establish an effective program for biomedical radioactive waste management.

Liquid and gaseous wastes are excluded from the scope of the document, but solid waste includes spent and surplus solutions of radionuclides contained in vials, tubes or syringes. Therefore, this document should be useful for any nuclear medicine facilities dealing with in vivo medical applications of radionuclides and consequently with the waste associated with such applications.

This document provides a list of the main radionuclides used in nuclear medicine facilities and their main physical characteristics, as well as the guidance to write a radioactive waste management program for their sorting, collection, packaging and labelling, radioactivity surveys and decay storage, clearance levels, and transportation, if necessary, until their ultimate disposal or discharge. This document may also be useful as guidance for regulatory bodies.


General Information

Status Current
Edition 2022
No. of Pages 21
ICS Classification 17.240 Radiation measurements
13.280 Radiation protection
Committee ISO/TC 85/SC 2
Available for Purchase For sale in Singapore only
Adoption ISO