Radioactive Materials

All researchers who purchase or handle radioactive materials must contact Radiation Safety for safe handling guidelines and authorization. It is essential to be aware of safe storage and disposal requirements. Refer to the Radiation Safety Manual from Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) for a detailed description of UCLA's radiation safety program and for updates.

1.  Obtain authorization.

UCLA uses radioactive materials under a broad scope radioactive material license issued by the state of California. Regulations under this license require that you have special authorization from the UCLA Environment, Health & Safety and Campus Purchasing departments to buy radioactive materials. Purchase of radioactive material or radiation-producing equipment must be approved by the University Radiation Safety Division, in accordance with federal and state regulations and guides for radiation use.

Obtain a Los Angeles Campus Radioisotope Authorization Number (LA#) from EH&S for the principal investigator (PI). To do so, complete the Non-Human Use Authorization Application for radioactive materials.

2.  Select a vendor. Contact Radiation Safety for a list of radioactive materials vendors.

You can work with vendors who are not on the list; however, all radioactive material suppliers must be approved by the Radiation Safety Division. To obtain approval for vendors not on the list, you must contact the radiation safety officer at EH&S. The radiation safety officer can provide you with requirements new vendors of radioactive materials must meet. Radiation Safety will also provide new vendors with copies of California radiation material licenses used by the University.
3.  Place an order.

1. Place your order using one of the following methods:

  • Issue an N-class special request low-value order (LVO) in BruinBuy up to $5,000
  • Create an R-class requisition in BruinBuy for orders over $5,000

All orders should include full details, including volume requirements. For N and R class orders, include:

  • The unit of measure (mci, ul, etc.)
  • The chemical form
  • Radioactive activity
  • Catalog or part number assigned by the vendor or manufacturer

2. Provide the following address to the vendor:

UCLA Radiation Safety, c/o Medical Receiving
650 Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1764

Attn: {Authorized User}, LA#

Note: Authorized user must be the name on the authorization. Products cannot be delivered to any other site without prior approval and inspection by Radiation Safety. Delivery sites must meet safety requirements for radioactive materials.

4.  Obtain EH&S approval.All radioactive material purchases must be approved by the radiation safety officer at EH&S.
5.  Receive the shipment.All orders must be delivered to the Radiation Safety Division (unless the division has specifically exempted you). Radiation Safety will notify you when the package arrives. The division must perform a radiation and contamination survey of the package before release and delivery to your lab.