Being the reference laboratory on ionizing radiation measurements in Turkey, Radiation Metrology Division is international representative of TAEK and provides services related to reference ionizing radiation calibration and measurements.

Radiation Metrology Division carry out the following activities:

  • Validation and application of primary and secondary standardization methods in the field of radionuclide and dosimetric metrology,
  • Radionuclide and dosimetric measurement and calibration services,
  • Organization of proficiency and inter-comparison tests in the field of ionizing radiation at national and international scale,
  • Preparation of certified radioactive standard reference materials and calibration sources needed by the laboratories throughout Turkey,
  • Organization of training and workshops on radioactivity measurements and ionizing radiation metrology in order to increase and share experience,
  • Cooperation with national and international organizations in the field of ionising radiation metrology,
  • Development of ionising radiation metrology infrastructure by involving in the international metrology research projects

In the Radionuclide Metrology Laboratories of Radiation Metrology Division, reference measurements are realised by using the systems and instruments, most of which are unique in our country used for standardisation of alpha, beta and gamma emitting radionuclides. Certified radioactive standard calibration sources and reference materials are prepared. National and international proficiency tests for radioactivity measurement laboratories are organised.

Proficiency Tests conducted:

TAEK-RMB-2013-01 Proficiency test on the determination of Cs-137 and K-40 activity levels in processed black tea

TAEK-RMB-2015-01 Proficiency test on the determination of activity concentrations of natural radionuclides in soil

Radioactive Standard Reference Material:

TAEK-RM-1 Black Tea Powder



Well type NaI detector system (Primary standardisation)

Ionization chamber (Secondary standardization-PTB)


TDCR (Triple to Double Coincidence Ratio) system (Primary standardization)


Compton suppression spectrometer (Secondary standardization)


DSA (Defined Solid Angle) Alpha particle counting system(Primary standardization)






Technology Division is composed of three units and two facilities which are;

Materials and Detector Technologies Unit

Accelerator Technology Unit

Electronics and Instrumentation Unit

Gamma Irradiation Facility


Electron Accelerator Facility

The Nuclear Techniques Division leads the way in spreading the use of nuclear techniques in food, agriculture and husbandry fields in our country through the research development projects. The activities of the Food Unit covers the use of food irradiation to produce reliable and high quality foods for consumers and detection of irradiated foods by using international identification standards in market. It is aimed to spread the use of isotopic measurement techniques (IRMS or ICP-MS; C13/C12, O18/O16 etc.) for food authentication, traceability and fraud detection in national market. The Agriculture Unit applies stable isotopes and radioisotopes techniques in plant breeding, agricultural irrigation, soil and plant nutrition area for the effective use of water and fertilizers. New superior plant varieties with high yield and nutrient capacity and especially resistant to drought and salinity to changing environmental conditions are improved by mutation breeding methods. Determination of resistance or tolerance of mutants against to disease/insects is important in mutation breeding studies. The main aim of the research carried out in the Animal Husbandry Unit is to increase the productivity and quality of the production from livestock animals by using nuclear, biological and gene technologies. Research development projects are carried out to diagnose and prevent major animal diseases. Vaccines for animal diseases are developed.


The Nuclear Techniques Division carries out research development projects in three units: Agriculture Unit, Food Unit and Animal Husbandry Unit.

Health Physics Division fulfills the calibration, measurement and evaluation, service delivery and monitoring activities in accordance with national and international legislative provisions for the protection of radiation workers, patients, public and the environment from the radiation of unwanted or planned radiation. For this purpose;

  • The Personal Dosimetry Service which is given at regular intervals throughout the country to determine the radiation doses to which workers were exposed to radiation,
  • The recording and monitoring of the results in order to ensure that the dose values remain within the national and international boundaries,
  • In case of exceeding the dose limits, the necessary precautions should be taken,
  • Measurement of radon activity concentration in air, soil and water in confined environments
  • Providing calibration and reference irradiation services for radiation dose measurement devices,
  • Calculation of organ and effective doses of patients exposed to internal and external irradiation in radiation applications,
  • Performing acceptance, performance and quality control tests of radiation sources,
  • The use and development of appropriate methods for accurate, reliable and rapid determination of dose levels of individuals exposed to respiratory, digestive or circulatory radiation,
  • Radiological assessment service in terms of environment and human health according to the results of radioactivity analysis of products or wastes which have enriched radionuclide concentration due to technological processes with natural radionuclide-containing materials,
  • Performing environmental dose measurements by using dosimeters,


activities are carried out by Health Physics Division with about 50 years of experience, knowledge, advanced infrastructure and expert staff.




The Health Physics Division consists of four Units: 


Research & Development (R&D) Division's mission is to carry out innovative researches, scientific and technical investigations in frame of the decision and vision of the presidency of Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK) in order to achieve the development of the country in the nuclear energy field and related technology by following the mission and the vision of SANAEM. R&D  Division of SANAEM consists of 5 main divisions which are listed below in order to carry out nuclear and nuclear-related researches.

Measurement and Instrumentation Division performs the monitoring of the environmental radioactivity, provides technical support for nuclear safety and forensics, applies and conducts research on radiological and related techniques considering the principle of public health and safety in the scope of research and development activities taking the benefit of atomic energy for scientific, technical and economical development of our country.

Application of all kind of audit, measure and required interventions for the radiation protection of ÇNAEM  first of all, and then public and environment in the field of interaction of ionizing radiations with matter and livings,

Providing services for radiation protection,

Applied investigations on the biological effects of radiation,

All kinds of biological dosimetry, cytogenetic, radiobiological works,

Radioisotope and radiopharmaceutical applications for the needs of  industry and medicine, development and  creating an applicable form of these kinds of materials, their quality controls, radioisotope applications  for the instrumentation and purpose of quality control in industry,

Executing of non-destructive testing activities,

Executing the following activities on the above mentioned subjects: Laboratory arrangement, industrial relationship, applications of quality assurance and personel training on this subject, providing technical consultancy for the TAEK and ÇNAEM on the expertise field.

Technology Division (TD) has been focusing on the activities which were stated in TAEA’s Establishment Law; Nr.2690. Studies carried in Technology Division are mainly based on, ionizing radiation and materials interactions ranging from polymers to metals. Thus investigation and some fundamental researches on detectors and dosimeters in terms of laboratory scale studies have been activated. Technology Division’s activities are also carried on personal and accident dosimeters, identification of irradiated food stuffs and dating of geological, archaeological and anthropological samples with Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) and Thermoluminescence (TL) techniques. Moreover TD’s laboratories give routine analysis service apart from SNRTC itself, to the other official and private sectors of Turkey, including universities, research centers and private companies.