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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2020
P-003481/2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Aldo Patriciello (PPE)
 Subject: Transport of radiopharmaceuticals in the European Union

On the 22 April 2020, the Commission received a letter signed by 25 MEPs requesting support for the transport of radiopharmaceuticals in the European Union.

Radiopharmaceuticals are crucial for providing CT scans for COVID-19 patients (SPECT/CT and PET/CT imaging), as well as for fragile patient populations, such as cancer and cardiac patients.

The shelf life of these radioactive materials is extremely limited, and measured in hours and days. This means that in over 90 % of cases in the EU the time between the patient dose being ordered, produced, and shipped, and the actual diagnosis or therapeutic test is 24 hours.

Currently the number of border checks has substantially increased, and the administrative requirements are sometimes hard to follow and comply with.

Can the Commission take account of these issues, adopt a clear stance against the difficulties in shipping these vital materials between Member States, and facilitate procedures for the entire production and distribution chain?

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