Certification of Transport Packages and Special Form Radioactive Material

Publication date: October 2018

Certification of Transport Packages and Special Form Radioactive Material (PDF)

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect the health, safety and security of Canadians and the environment; and to respect Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Pursuant to the Packaging and Transport of Nuclear Substances Regulations, 2015, the CNSC is authorized to certify transport package designs, special form radioactive material and low dispersion radioactive material. To achieve this, the CNSC has incorporated into its regulations, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s transport regulations, namely the Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material, 2012 Edition, Safety Standards Series SSR-6.

Two of the most common certified designs in use today are Type B packages and packages designed to contain fissile material. Type B packages contain radioactive material that emit large activities of radiation and must be certified by the CNSC. Examples include packages designed to transport cobalt therapy sources and exposure devices.

The hazards are controlled by the strength of the package, which is designed to pass stringent impact, drop and puncture tests, an engulfing fire test, and immersion in water. Type B packages may be constructed of steel with depleted uranium or lead as shielding. The weight can vary from about 25 kg to 35 tonnes, or more, depending on the radioactive activity of the material it is designed to contain. The shape of the package can also vary.

The CNSC also revalidates package design certificates that are issued by other countries. Occasionally, special arrangements may also be approved by the CNSC, under which consignments that do not satisfy all the applicable requirements may be transported.

What follows is the list of all special form radioactive material and package designs that are certified by the CNSC for use in Canada, as of October 31, 2018. Those highlighted with an exclamation mark () will expire within the next 12 months.

Valid Special Form Radioactive Material Certificates

Certificate Number Designer/Manufacturer Source Model Issue Date Expiry Date
CDN/0001/S-73 (Rev. 18) Nordion (Canada) Inc. Capsule Assemblies listed in Appendix A 2017-05-29 2021-05-31
CDN/0004/S-96 (Rev. 12) Nordion (Canada) Inc. C-146; C-151 and XC-325 Teletherapy Source Capsules 2018-09-11 2023-09-30
CDN/0009/S-96 (Rev. 9) Best Theratronics TC-346 2016-10-28 2021-10-31
CDN/0010/S-96 (Rev. 10) Nordion (Canada) Inc. C-188 Sealed Source, Types 1 to 13 inclusive 2017-06-21 2021-09-30
CDN/0011/S-73 (Rev. 8) Best Theratronics C-161 Type 8 Capsule and C-1000 Capsule 2017-07-07 2022-06-30
CDN/0014/S-96 (Rev. 6) Nordion (Canada) Inc. C-198 Capsule 2015-10-21 2020-10-31
CDN/0015/S-96 (Rev. 5) Nordion (Canada) Inc. C-168 Capsule 2016-05-18 2021-05-31
CDN/0017/S-96 (Rev. 4) Best Theratronics C-378 Capsule 2018-04-09 2023-04-30
CDN/0019/S-96 (Rev. 3) Nordion (Canada) Inc. C-442 Capsule 2016-10-28 2021-11-30
CDN/0034/S-96 (Rev. 0) Best Theratronics C1610 2014-11-19 2019-11-30
CDN/0035/S-96 (Rev. 0) Best Theratronics C3100 2014-11-19 2019-11-30
CDN/0036/S-96 (Rev. 0) Nordion (Canada) Inc. C-446 2017-01-16 2022-01-31
CDN/0038/S-96 (Rev. 0) Nordion (Canada) Inc. C-374 2018-04-19 2022-03-31
CDN/0040/S-96 (Rev. 0) Nordion (Canada) Inc. C-450 2018-06-29 2022-06-30

Canadian Package Design Certificates

Certificate Number Designer/Manufacturer Package Model Issue Date Expiry Date
CDN/1039/B(U)-96 (Rev. 9) Nordion (Canada) Inc. F-376 Transport Package, Serial Nos. 1 and up 2018-04-20 2023-04-30
CDN/2003/B(U)-73 (Rev. 18) Best Theratronics F-143 Transfer Case, Serial Nos. 20, 50, 53, 54, 59, 62, 64; and F-158 Transfer Case, Serial Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14 2016-03-04 2020-03-31
CDN/2009/B(U)-73 (Rev. 15) Nordion F-147 Transfer Case, Serial Nos. 18, 24, 26, 27, 34-36, 39-48, 50, 52, 54, 56-60 2018-09-27 2022-11-30
CDN/2012/B(U)-73 (Rev. 24) Nordion (Canada) Inc. F-168 Shipping Flask, Serial Nos. 20, 21, 28, 31, 32, 33, 36, 38, 39, 42 to 52 inclusive. 2015-12-02 2020-03-31
CDN/2044/B(U)-73 (Rev. 11) Best Theratronics F-127-X J-Rod Shipping Container, Serial Nos. 49, 51, 53, and 55 2015-02-23 2019-02-28
CDN/2045/B(U)-73 (Rev. 19) Nordion (Canada) Inc. F-168-X Shipping Flask, Serial Nos. 22-X, 23-X, 24-X, 25-X, 26-X, 41‑X 2016-02-22 2020-04-30
CDN/2047/B(U)-73 (Rev. 15) Nordion (Canada) Inc. F-231, Serial Numbers 7, 8 and 9 2015-03-17 2019-04-30
CDN/2048/B(U)F-73 (Rev. 9) Atomic Energy of Canada Limited F-257 Shipping Package, Serial No. 002 2016-07-29 2021-09-30
CDN/2049/B(U)-96 (Rev. 11) Ontario Power Generation Tritiated Heavy Water Transportation Package 2018-02-23 2023-02-28
CDN/2051/B(U)-96 (Rev. 14) Nordion (Canada) Inc. F-271 Transport Package, Serial Nos. 1 and up 2015-12-09 2021-01-31
CDN/2052/B(U)-96 (Rev. 8) Nuclear Waste Management Organization Used Fuel Transportation Package (UFTP) 2018-05-01 2023-07-31
CDN/2054/B(U)-96 (Rev. 9) Ontario Power Generation Dry Storage Container (DSC) Transportation Package 2017-11-20 2021-07-31
CDN/2055/B(U)-96 (Rev. 11) Nordion F-339 Transport Package 2015-06-08 2020-06-30
CDN/2058/B(U)-96 (Rev. 10) Ontario Power Generation Radioactive Filter Transportation Package (RFTP) 2018-02-23 2020-04-30
CDN/2060/B(U)-85 (Rev. 6) Atomic Energy of Canada Limited AECL (CRL) Tritide Package, Serial Nos. 2060-01, 2060-02, 2060‑03 2014-10-28 2018-10-31
CDN/2061/B(U)F-85 (Rev. 10) Atomic Energy of Canada Limited Irradiated Material Transportation Package 2018-05-22 2022-05-31
CDN/2062/B(U)-96 (Rev. 8) Best Theratronics F147(96) Transfer Case, Serial Nos. 61 and higher 2015-02-23 2019-02-28
CDN/2071/B(U)-96 (Rev. 9) Ontario Power Generation Roadrunner, Serial No Roadrunner-01 2017-09-28 2022-09-30
CDN/2072/B(U)-96 (Rev. 9) Nordion (Canada) Inc. F-127, F-127-X and RAI/F-127 Transport Packages, Serial Numbers 59 and up 2016-01-28 2020-04-30
CDN/2076/B(U)-96 (Rev. 11) Best Theratronics F-430/GC-40; F-430/GC-1000 and GC-3000; F-430/CIS model IBL 437C; F-430/CIS model IBL 637; F-430/Molsgaard model GC-2000; and F‑430/Gammator M38 2015-06-08 2019-02-28
CDN/2077/B(U)-96 (Rev. 6) Nordion (Canada) Inc. F-231 and F-231-MK2, Serial Nos. 11 and up 2016-09-08 2021-11-30
CDN/2078/B(U)-96 (Rev. 7) Nordion (Canada) Inc. F-458/F-245; F-247; F-251; F-251 MKII; F-318 and F-448 2015-09-14 2020-10-31
CDN/2080/B(U)-96 (Rev. 5) Nordion (Canada) Inc. F-168/F-444 Transport Container 2017-02-09 2019-11-30
CDN/2081/B(U)-96 (Rev. 4) Nordion (Canada) Inc. F-168 (1996) and F-168-X (1996), Serial Nos. 53 and up 2016-09-16 2021-11-30
CDN/2083/B(U)-96 (Rev. 8) Best Theratronics F-431/GC-1000; F-431/GC-3000 and F-431/Gammator M38 2016-11-28 2021-11-30
CDN/2084/B(U)-96 (Rev. 2) Best Theratronics F-423 Transport Package 2015-05-06 2020-06-30
CDN/2087/B(U)-96 (Rev. 5) Ontario Power Generation Multi-Purpose Transportation Package: MPTP-01, MPTP-02, MPTP-XX, MPTP-SF-XX 2018-02-23 2022-09-30
CDN/2091/ B(U)-96 (Rev. 2) Aspect Technology Ltd. 12K Transport Package, Maxibulk Inner Container; Minibulk Inner Container; 10 Channel Inner Container 2017-11-14 2019-11-30
CDN/2093/ B(U)-96 (Rev. 0) Ontario Power Generation Retube Waste Container Transportation Package (RWCTP) 2014-01-23 2019-01-31
CDN/2094/B(U)-96 (Rev. 1) Nordion (Canada) Inc. F-522 2017-02-09 2020-03-31
CDN/3012/B(M)-96 (Rev. 12) Nordion (Canada) Inc. F-279 Shipping Flask 2015-08-27 2020-09-30
CDN/5198/X-96 (Rev. 5) N/A Type “A” Packaging 2015-02-02 2020-11-30

Canadian Revalidation of Package Design Certificates

Certificate Number Designer/Manufacturer Package Model Issue Date Expiry Date
CDN/E030/-96 (Rev. 17) QSA Global Inc. 741-OP Gamma Ray Projector 2015-07-30 2020-10-31
CDN/E033/-96 (Rev. 16) QSA Global Inc. 680-OP Exposure Device 2015-07-20 2020-10-31
CDN/E044/-96 (Rev. 21) Source Production & Equipment Co., Inc. C-1 Source Changer [MDS Nordion F-365] 2018-10-01 2021-10-31
CDN/E094/-96 (Rev. 11) Industrial Nuclear Company Inc. IR-100 2015-10-05 2019-10-31
CDN/E130/-73 (Rev. 10) N/A Cylinder Model Nos. 30B 2016-08-25 2021-09-01
CDN/E150/-96 (Rev. 23) Columbiana Hi Tech UX-30 2015-05-07 2019-12-31
CDN/E153/-96 (Rev. 9) REVISS Services (UK) Limited R7006 2018-03-07 2020-11-30
CDN/E160/-85 (Rev.8) BWX Technologies 5X22 Transport Package 2017-12-11 2019-10-31
CDN/E170/-96 (Rev. 6) Source Production & Equipment Co. SPEC-150 Exposure Device 2015-06-18 2020-06-30
CDN/E173/-96 (Rev. 12) NAC International, Inc. NAC-LWT Shipping Container 2018-07-23 2020-04-30
CDN/E175/-96 (Rev. 8) QSA Global Inc. 650L Source Changer 2017-07-18 2020-11-30
CDN/E184/-96 (Rev. 3) Industrial Nuclear Company Inc. OP-100 2014-05-22 2019-02-28
CDN/E189/-96 (Rev. 7) Energy Solutions 10-160B: Serial Nos. Trillium TP-01 and TP-02 2018-08-03 2020-10-31
CDN/E192/-96 (Rev. 8) Global Nuclear Fuel BU-D Transport Container 2014-06-17 2018-11-30
CDN/E193/-96 (Rev. 3) Source Production & Equipment Co., Inc. SPEC-300 Radiography Camera 2015-04-30 2020-04-30
CDN/E195/-96 (Rev. 7) UJP PRAHA a.s. UKI-4-135 Source Changer 2013-12-06 2018-12-31
CDN/E197/-96 (Rev. 4) NTP Radioisotopes (Pty) Ltd. ERIKA Transport Package 2015-07-31 2019-10-12
CDN/E199/-96 (Rev. 15) QSA Global Inc. 880 Delta; 880 Sigma; 880 Elite; 880 SC 2018-05-24 2021-06-30
CDN/E201/-96 (Rev. 3) Cameco Corporation 48X and 48Y Cylinders 2016-06-01 2021-05-31
CDN/E204/-96 (Rev. 7) GE Healthcare Ltd. 3605D 2018-05-23 2022-12-31
CDN/E207/-96 (Rev. 5) >Global Nuclear Fuel NPC Transport Package 2015-12-04 2020-11-30
CDN/E210/-96 (Rev. 5) TN International TNF-XI 2017-01-23 2021-12-31
CDN/E213/-96 (Rev.7) CROFT Associates Ltd. SAFSHIELD 2773A Transport Package 2017-11-30 2020-06-30
CDN/E216/-96 (Rev. 6) Westinghouse Electric Company Traveller STD, Traveller XL Package, Traveller VVER 2018-05-23 2020-03-31
CDN/E217/-96 (Rev. 6) QSA Global Inc. 976A; 976C; 976F 2018-07-27 2019-07-31
CDN/E218/-96 (Rev. 5) REVISS Services (UK) Limited R7008 2016-07-29 2020-06-30
CDN/E219/-96 (Rev. 6) Oak Ridge Y-12 National Security Complex ES-3100 2016-03-18 2020-09-30
CDN/E224/-96 (Rev. 2) NTP Radioisotopes (Pty) Ltd. JANE Transport Container 2017-11-21 2023-01-02
CDN/E225/-96 (Rev. 2) Advanced Nuclear Fuel Corp. ANF-50 2015-08-27 2020-01-31
CDN/E227/-96 (Rev. 2) TN International TNF-XI 2017-01-23 2021-12-31
CDN/E229/-96 (Rev. 2) Global Nuclear Fuel RAJ-II 2015-01-13 2019-11-30
CDN/E238/-96 (Rev. 3) QSA Global Inc. Sentry 110, 330 and 867 2018-05-11 2021-07-31
CDN/E239/-96 (Rev. 1) Mitsubishi Nuclear Fuel Co. Ltd. MST-30 2015-08-27 2019-09-25
CDN/E241/-96 (Rev. 2) QSA Global Inc. 702 2018-06-15 2023-02-28
CDN/E243/-96 (Rev. 2) QSA Global Inc. 360-2, 360-4, 360-4W, 360-10, 360-10W Source Changers 2016-01-12 2019-01-31
CDN/E248/-96 (Rev. 2) NTP Radioisotopes (Europe) S.A. GammaMat M10 2018-05-31 2019-10-31
CDN/E253/-96 (Rev. 3) EnergySolutions 8-120-B 2018-06-15 2022-12-31
CDN/E254/-96 (Rev. 0) EnergySolutions 10-160B 2016-09-29 2020-10-31
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