Nuclear Compliance

As a world-class provider of products and services in the regulated nuclear industry, Nordion complies with a wide variety of standards and regulations.

These are set by regulatory bodies in Canada and throughout the world and define environmental, health and safety; legal; and other requirements related to the possession, handling, transportation, export and import of nuclear substances.

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In 2015, the CNSC renewed Nordion’s license for the Kanata (Ottawa) facility for another 10 year period – a testament to our demonstrated standards of performance.                           


A person standing at the edge of Nordion’s Kanata (Ottawa) property has the potential to absorb 0.05 millisieverts of radiation per year, which is less than the amount absorbed during a round trip flight from New York to London.



Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)

The CNSC regulates the nuclear industry in Canada. The Nuclear Safety and Control Act and Regulations govern nuclear substance use in Canada. We are licensed by CNSC to operate a Class 1B nuclear substance processing facility in Ottawa. The Class 1B facility is comprised of two major production operations: one for the processing of radioisotopes used in nuclear medicine, and the other for sealed sources used in cancer therapy and gamma sterilization technologies. We are accountable to the CNSC for the activities conducted under this operating license.

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Export and Import of Nuclear Substances

The CNSC regulates export and import of nuclear substances. We hold import licenses for nuclear substances and other materials controlled under the CNSC export/import regulations.


Transport Nuclear Substances

The CNSC regulates transport of nuclear substances. Nordion’s products are shipped in transport packages that comply with the CNSC and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regulations.


Performance Management

Performance Management

CNSC assesses Nordion’s annual operational performance. The CNSC assessment considers Nordion’s performance in the following 14 Safety and Control Areas (SCAs): :
  • Management system
  • Human performance management
  • Operating performance
  • Safety analysis
  • Physical design
  • Fitness for service
  • Radiation protection
  • Conventional health and safety
  • Environmental protection
  • Emergency management and fire protection
  • Waste management
  • Security
  • Safeguards
  • Packaging and transport
    Nordion continually meets or exceeds performance expectations with respect to the health and safety of persons, the protection of the environment, and Canada’s international obligations.



    United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC)

    The NRC regulates uses of nuclear materials – such as in nuclear medicine and industrial sterilization of medical products – through licensing, inspection and enforcement of its requirements. The USNRC issued licenses to Nordion for the distribution in the U.S. of Nordion products and services. Nordion also holds an export license for the return of certain products – typically at the end of their lifecycle – from the U.S.



    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

    The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies. Nordion is committed to comply with IAEA requirements as adopted by regulatory bodies from which Nordion holds licenses.