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ReNuAL

Terrestrial Environment Laboratory (TEL)

The TEL is part of the Environment Programme. It assists Member States in strengthening their understanding and monitoring of ecological processes and environmental pollution, as a necessary element of public health and safety. The IAEA, through the TEL, is the largest worldwide supplier of stable isotope and environmental radionuclide reference materials. These are necessary to ensure the accuracy of a variety of important laboratory measurements, including those related to environmental radioactivity and radiation protection, assessments of climate change, and the authentication control in traded agricultural products. Notably, TEL is the only producer of international scale-defining stable isotope reference materials, used to calibrate measurements worldwide for the elements hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and sulphur.

The TEL coordinates the network of Analytical Laboratories for the Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity (ALMERA), which consists of 138 laboratories in 81 Member States. These laboratories are expected to provide reliable and timely analysis of environmental samples in the event of a release of radioactivity. The TEL assists the ALMERA member laboratories through the development of standardized methods for sample collection and analysis, the organization of inter-laboratory comparison exercises and proficiency tests as tools for external quality control, as well as through training workshops and information exchange.

The benefits of the ReNuAL project

The updated facilities and equipment will ensure the continuing and future provision of services to Member States' laboratories in terms of capacity building in environmental analytics, the supply of relevant reference materials, and support to new and emerging techniques. The major role that TEL plays in quality assurance and calibration of materials, necessary for international trade and for emergency preparedness in environmental monitoring, will be assured. Last but not at least, the ReNuAL project gives an opportunity to address emerging common needs of Member States' analytical laboratories in an adequate manner.


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