hindered rather than helped DOE in promoting isotope research and application, the concept of centralized management is not without merit. The important research, development, and education activities associated with isotope production and distribution are, however, still spread throughout DOE.


  1. A National Isotope Program, reporting directly to the director of the Office of Energy Research of DOE, should be created to consolidate the administration of all biomedical isotope-related activities: production and distribution, research and development, and education and training.

  2. A national advisory committee should be formed to assist the National Isotope Program Director in prioritizing critical needs in technology development and in choosing among applicants wishing to use the reactor and accelerator isotope production facilities or obtain their products. This National Isotope Program Advisory Committee should also provide advice on the development and execution of the several educational programs associated with isotope production and use.

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