Radioisotopes: Imports

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 2nd August 2017.

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Photo of Lord Mendelsohn Lord Mendelsohn Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Spokesperson (International Trade)

Her Majesty's Government what terms they are seeking to agree with the European Union to ensure that no additional delays or restrictions are placed on imports of molybdenum-99 to the UK following the UK's departure from Euratom.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union)

The UK’s ability to import medical isotopes from Europe and the rest of the world will not be affected by withdrawal from Euratom.

The import or export of medical radioisotopes, including molybdenum-99 is not subject to any Euratom licensing requirements.These isotopes are governed and regulated under the Euratom framework; however, Euratom places no restrictions on the export of medical isotopes to countries outside the EU.

It is in everyone’s interest to not disrupt the timely access of treatment to patients; and to ensure that cross-border trade with the EU and Euratom is as frictionless as possible.

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