A new reference material for radionuclides in the mussel sample from the Mediterranean Sea (IAEA-437)

M. K. Pham, M. Betti, P. P. Povinec, M. Benmansour, R. Bojanowski, P. Bouisset, E. C. Calvo, G. J. Ham, E. Holm, M. Hult, C. Ilchmann, M. Kloster, G. Kanisch, M. Köhler, J. La Rosa, F. Legarda, M. Llauradó, A. Nourredine, J. S. Oh, M. PellicciariU. Rieth, A. M. Rodriguez Y Baena, J. A. Sanchez-Cabeza, H. Satake, J. Schikowski, M. Takeishi, H. Thébault, Z. Varga

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A new Reference Material (RM) for radionuclides in mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from the Mediterranean Sea (IAEA-437) is described and the results of the certification process are presented. Four radionuclides ( 40K, 234U, 238U, and 239+240Pu) have been certified, and information values on massic activities with 95% confidence intervals are given for nine radionuclides (137Cs, 210Pb(210Po), 226Ra, 228Ra, 228Th, 230Th, 232Th, 235U, and 241Am). Results for less frequently reported radionuclides ( 90Sr, 129I, 238Pu, 239Pu, and 240Pu) are also reported. The RM can be used for quality assurance/quality control of the analysis of radionuclides in mussel samples, for the development and validation of analytical methods and for training purposes. The material is available in 200 g units.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-859
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry Articles
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

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Acknowledgements The authors are indebted to their numerous colleagues who took part in the analytical works. Special acknowledgement is given to the Professor Frederic Briand, Director General of CIESM, for financial support provided for the Mediterranean Mussel Watch Program and to the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN, France) for providing the mussel sample. The IAEA is grateful for the support provided to its Marine Environment Laboratories by the Government of the Principality of Monaco.


  • Anthropogenic radionuclides
  • Massic activity
  • Mussel Mediterranean Sea
  • Natural radionuclides
  • Reference material


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