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IAEA and French Society of Nuclear Medicine Sign Practical Arrangements to Promote Collaboration in Nuclear Medicine


Rafael Mariano Grossi, IAEA Director General, provides his signature to the Practical Arrangement between the IAEA and SFMN. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

The IAEA and the French Society of Nuclear Medicine (SFMN) signed Practical Arrangements this month, formalizing a framework for enhanced cooperation in the area of nuclear medicine. These Arrangements, which cover a period of three years from 2020 to 2023, have been signed by SFMN President Florent Cachin on June 29 and countersigned by Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi on 2 October, on behalf of the IAEA.

The Practical Arrangements provide a framework for future collaboration supporting capacity building in the areas of nuclear medicine, molecular imaging, or any allied disciplines, particularly for professionals from French-speaking countries. Through the IAEA’s Coordinated Research Activities, the PAs pave the way for future cooperation on research projects of common interest, in order to propel and advance both the scientific understanding and practical application of nuclear science.

The PAs provide a framework for collaboration in the area of capacity building for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, or any allied disciplines, particularly for professionals from French-speaking countries. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

The finalization and signing of these PAs are the latest development in a shared history of successful collaboration between the Agency and the SFMN which stretches back more than a decade.

In recent years the SFMN has invited IAEA experts to participate in its Annual Meetings and helped to host and place IAEA fellows into clinical and scientific research centres across France. In particular, the SFMN trained five African fellows in 2017, through the National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN) platform.

Additionally, the SFMN has supported the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme through the identification of French-speaking experts and cost-free experts, who in turn have supported Africa Member States as they draft and subsequently adopt clinical protocols for expanding the scope of nuclear medicine services and capabilities.

The Practical Arrangements will provide new opportunities to not only strengthen nuclear medicine capacities in the region, but to establish new collaborative avenues in other, related support areas for nuclear medicine, such as mentorship, networking, building remote or virtual training systems, the use and development of software platforms and data management.

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