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Radioactive Materials

Radioactive Materials

Radioactive Materials

Radioactive material is a restricted item and all purchases, regardless of quantity or price, require special approval. A Radiation Permit Application must first be completed by the department and submitted to the Division of Research Safety (DRS) for approval before the procurement, possession, or use of radioactive material is permitted on campus.

  • To apply for a permit visit DRS at, call 217-333-2755 or email
  • Once a radiation permit number is obtained, the requestor will submit a requisition in iBuy. Answer yes to the radioactive substance question.
  • If multiple radioisotopes are required, submit separate orders for each. Multiple chemical forms with the same radioisotope may be entered on a single order.
  • Standing orders for radioisotopes are permitted for multiple shipments of the same isotope during a fiscal year.
  • Unless previous arrangements have been made, the shipping address for all radioactive material on the requisition must be the Division of Research Safety at 2006 Griffith Drive, Champaign, IL 61820.
  • The following steps should be taken to add a purchase request to the Radiation Permit Database.  The requisition number, permit number, quantity and type of radioisotope must be entered into the Radiation Permit Database.  The following link should be used to enter your requisition information.  Click Add New Purchase Request and complete the required fields.

A quote must be attached, unless the order is to Perkin Elmer Health Sciences Inc. Current price lists are kept on file for Perkin Elmer for each calendar year.
A separate line item for shipping must always be entered for the required expedited delivery.
The requisition will be assigned to a specialized buyer and treated as a rush.
By law, the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety (IDNS) licenses the production, sale, use, disposal and transfer of radioactive materials in the State of Illinois. Failure to follow protocol on purchasing procedures may result in a temporary or permanent bar of procuring radioactive materials by the IDNS.