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Subcommittee on Dosimetry to Host International Workshop in Québec

ASTM Subcommittee E10.01 on Dosimetry for Radiation Processing will host the 5th International Workshop on Dosimetry for Radiation Processing at the Hôtel Le Chantecler in Ste-Adèle, Québec, Sept. 26 – Oct. 1.

This workshop will cover all aspects of dosimetry for radiation processing, including the processing of food and agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, medical products, inks, packaging, and polymers. The objective is to improve the quality of dosimetry through a better understanding of dosimetry principles, calibration techniques, dosimetry applications (e.g., dose mapping and routine monitoring), and the determination and understanding of dosimetry uncertainties. Standards published by ASTM Subcommittee E10.01, most of which are now International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/ASTM standards, will form the basis for the discussions, as well as other standards on process control and quality systems that have an impact on dosimetry. A book containing 27 ISO/ASTM and ASTM dosimetry standards will be provided to each participant.

This workshop will provide an optimum combination of presentations by invited speakers, small informal “round-table” sessions and hands-on practical exercises in which all attendees may participate.

This symposium will benefit everyone involved in radiation processing dosimetry: researchers, irradiator operators, quality assurance personnel, dosimeter suppliers, medical products manufacturers, food processors, regulatory personnel, inspectors, etc. Internationally recognized experts with extensive dosimetry experience will discuss the latest developments on dosimetry for radiation processing and share their experiences. Newcomers will have the opportunity to bring their questions to leaders in the dosimetry field. The workshop format is designed to provide maximum interaction between participants, resulting in mutual benefits for all.

Important aspects of dosimetry for gamma radiation, electron beam and X-ray processing will be covered through actual “hands on” measurements using a variety of dosimetry systems and equipment. This will include comprehensive data treatment by each individual participant, and equipment calibration exercises.

The plan is to treat several topics in detail. Topics may include:

• Dose mapping (gamma, electron beam and X-ray);
• Hands-on dosimeter reading;
• Mathematical methods;
• Selection and calibration ofdosimetry systems; and
• Treatment of uncertainties.

Other topics such as influence quantities, industrial applications, quality assurance and regulatory issues will be addressed in less detail but in new, innovative formats.

There will be a poster session where, by prior arrangement, attendees may present their latest work. This session will be combined with demonstrations of equipment and technology where attendees can meet “one-on-one” with developers, manufacturers, and users of current and new dosimetry systems. This session will focus on research activities and user/manufacturer interactions.

Participants will be offered several options for site visits related to radiation processing. The sites chosen for visits will depend on the interest expressed during registration.

Updates on the workshop will be posted online. Further information can also be obtained from E10.01’s corresponding secretary, Carol Ferree, Des Moines, Iowa (phone: 515/440-1026) or from the symposium chairman, John Rickey, Far West Technology, Goleta, Calif. (phone: 805/964-3615). //

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