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The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced on May 28, 2009 that the Government of Canada would establish an expert panel to review proposals from the private and public sectors for new sources of key medical isotopes for Canada.
The objective of the Panel is to identify one or more options for securing a sufficient and reliable supply of molybdenum-99/technetium-99m for the medium to long-term. To ensure that the broadest range of ideas and concepts are considered by the Panel, a Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) process has been launched.
The Proponent’s Guide, which is available for download, provides guidance on the proposal documentation and how it should be submitted. Proposals will be assessed according to the identified criteria. Opinions and advice presented by the Panel to the Government of Canada will be for consideration only and are not binding in any way.
The Expert Review Panel will be composed of individuals with a range of relevant experience, to provide advice and guidance to the government on long-term solutions.
Proposals will be accepted until July 31, 2009 and the Expert Review Panel will produce a final report for the Minister of Natural Resources by November 30, 2009.
The Government of Canada reserves the right to alter or cancel the currently envisaged process and deadlines at its sole discretion. Any changes will be communicated via the website. Proponents are asked to check the site regularly for new information.