C-188 Cobalt-60 Sources

Nordion C-188: Industry Leading Co-60 Source

Nordion is the world’s leading supplier of Cobalt-60 (Co-60) sources for gamma processing. This source model, the C-188, is double encapsulated and delivers the industry standard in performance, reliability, and service in gamma processing.

Gamma Processing for Medical Devices, Food Irradiation and Innovative Applications

Produced in power reactors throughout the world, Cobalt-60 emits high energy gamma rays used to eliminate harmful organisms in a variety of products: medical devices, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, spices, consumer products, fruit, seafood, poultry, red meat and more.

For over 50 years, Nordion has provided a reliable, long-term, end-to-end Cobalt-60 supply and comprehensive Cobalt-60 support—assurance of worldwide delivery, emergency response and disposal services—to improve the risk profiles and enhance effectiveness of gamma processing operations.

Long-term Supply of Cobalt-60

We are the world’s leading supplier of Co-60 sealed sources. Our exclusive and diversified supply chain ensures reliable, long-term supply of Co-60.

Installation and Support

Our installation, physics and engineering teams are comprised of highly trained professionals who provide immediate and ongoing technical support from source installation and source rack optimization to dosimetry and emergency response.

Adherence to Regulatory Requirements

All C-188 Co-60 sources meet or exceed industry standards and regulatory requirements, including the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC), the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) among others.

State-of-the-Art Containers

With safety as our number one priority, we have an extensive fleet of regulatory-approved lead and steel certified containers that meet all international shipping requirements. Nordion has been shipping C-188 Co-60 sources to customers throughout the world for over 50 years safely, efficiently and reliably.

Worldwide Delivery Service

Our proven distribution system is world recognized for its sophistication and responsiveness. Our unique, software-based order management system and carefully planned transportation logistics ensure that products reach their destination on time.

Disposal Service

We are committed to the longevity of the gamma industry and continue to invest in diversifi­ed disposal paths for Nordion C-188 Cobalt-60 sources providing full lifecycle management.

Cobalt-60 Sterilization Saves Lives (video courtesy of Bruce Power)


Visit our Services page to more about the following services for C-188 Cobalt-60 sources and gamma irradiation systems:

Source Supply and Recycling

Source Containers and Transport

Source Technical and Engineering

Irradiator Maintenance and Upgrades Services

Dosimetry & Modelling Services

Sterilization Services

Irradiation Services

Training Services

Gamma: the heart of radiation sterilization past, present and future