The Radioactivity Sources Laboratory at the National Center for Nuclear Research – POLATOM Radioisotope Center in Świerk, continues the work of the Laboratory for Metrology of Radioactive Materials, which has been developing methods for measuring radioactivity of radionuclides for over 30 years. It is the only laboratory in the country that measures the activity of α-, β- and γ-radioactive radionuclides with absolute methods and calibrates radioactive solutions and sources.
RSL has implemented and maintains a management system compliant with the international standard PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018-02. The confirmation of the Laboratory’s technical competence – as a calibration laboratory – is the accreditation certificate AP 120 granted by the Polish Center for Accreditation in December of 2008.
The scope of the accreditation covers the measurements of the activity of radioactive solutions and solid radioactive sources with the use of the National Standard Radionuclide Measurement Unit and the α/β scintillation spectrometer, as well as the calibration of solid radioactive sources of a single radionuclide. Extending the scope of accreditation to the calibration of activity meters with ionization chambers, which are used mainly in nuclear medicine facilities, makes RSL the only laboratory in the country that fully meets the requirements of the Regulation of the Minister of Health of February 18, 2011 on the conditions for the safe use of ionizing radiation for all types of medical exposure (Journal of Laws 2011, No. 51, item 265) in the field of specialized tests of activity meters.
The laboratory also performs measurements of the surface radiation emission of surface sources, used by users of surface contamination meters.
See the full scope of our accreditation:
The Radioactivity Standards Laboratory – as an accredited calibration laboratory (accreditation number AP 120) – offers services in the following areas:
- calibration of meters for measuring radioactive activity of radionuclides,
- measurement of radioactive solutions using absolute and relative measurement methods,
- measurement of radioactive sources of a single radionuclide to control γ spectrometers,
- measurement of radioactive sources to control activity meters,
- measurement of radioactive surface sources to control surface contamination meters,
- measurement of solutions and solid multigamma sources.
In addition to the scope of accreditation, LWR provides the following services:
- analysis of the radioisotope composition and determination of the activity of α-, β- and γ-emitters in the delivered materials,
- measuring the dose rate from ophthalmic applicators.