Radiochemical Measurement

The EPA provides a radiochemical measurement service to analyse the radioactivity in foodstuffs, drinking water and sealed sources of radiation.

What is radiochemical measurement?

Radiochemical measurement is the measurement of the radioactivity of a material. Radiochemical testing is carried out at the EPA’s radio-analytical laboratory. We test a broad range of samples on behalf of the Government, health boards, food producers, industry and the public.

This laboratory is a vital link in the Irish food safety chain as it is the official national laboratory for testing of radioactivity in foodstuffs and environmental materials.

Why would radiochemical measurement be required?

Radiochemical testing ensures that the food and water we consume and the sources of ionising radiation we work with are all within the limits determined by Irish and international law.

What sort of samples are analysed?

Radiochemical testing is commonly carried out on foodstuffs, drinking water and sealed sources of radiation. Sealed sources are commonly used to deliver a defined dose of radiation, such as that used in cancer therapy or to sterilise food and medical equipment and can be used in industry to check welds on pipelines or in level gauges.

Find out more about the range of radiochemical measurement services provided by the EPA.