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The Radioactive Material Transport Users Committee (RAMTUC) is an industry group formed in the 1960s to develop strategy and policy regarding the regulations for the safe transport of radioactive material, both for transporting materials involved in the nuclear fuel cycle and transporting materials outside the fuel cycle, such as radio-pharmaceutical products.

RAMTUC is in the final stages of becoming a company limited by guarantee, Behind that formal structure the RAMTUC members agree to act in accordance with a “Members’ Management Agreement”. RAMTUC currently has 17 full members and four associate members. RAMTUC business decisions are made during the main members meetings, by the members, in accordance with the Members’ Management Agreement. Member organizations who join RAMTUC are committed to providing a representative to carry out RAMTUC work on a voluntary basis.

RAMTUC holds its main members meetings quarterly and sponsors a number of themed specialist sub-groups and time based task forces focusing on particular issues.

RAMTUC Main Meetings
6th March 2014
19th June 2014
4th September 2014
4th December 2014

REGULATORY – RAMTUC will be seen as the professional, intelligent, authoritative body that represents the industry and this is recognized by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR). RAMTUC’s view will be sought by Regulators. Regular, formal meetings will be held between RAMTUC and the Regulator. RAMTUC will have a system and process through which the Regulator is able to engage with all RAMTUC members. Regulators will see RAMTUC as the body through which to engage with the RAM transport community. RAMTUC will provide expertise for Regulatory forums. RAMTUC will provide consistent interpretation and guidance on the regulations.

COLLABORATION – Organization members will be actively engaged with and gain from RAMTUC. RAMTUC will provide a united industry voice. Members will develop and share expertise, knowledge and learning from experience (LFE). RAMTUC will enable problem solving in collaboration. RAMTUC members will seek to learn from each other to improve. Members will provide mutual support. RAMTUC members come to a common understanding but agree not to be legally bound by RAMTUC decisions.

MEMBER SERVICES – RAMTUC will set guidance on standards of competence. The website will be used to share information and resources among member organizations and holds the standards, guidance, regulatory interpretations etc. RAMTUC will hold regular events for the sharing of information and to provide networking opportunities across RAMTUC and the wider industry. RAMTUC will have access to consultancy services. RAMTUC will provide networking opportunities.

LINKS – RAMTUC will have a mature process for auditing carriers. RAMTUC will have strong links to the Safety Directors’ Forum (SDF) and related subgroups. RAMTUC will maintain links to other groups such as the Transport Container Standardization Committee (TCSC), IAEA Transport Safety Standards Committee (TRANSSC), World Nuclear Transport Institute (WNTI), Society for Radiological Protection (SRP) etc. RAMTUC will have links with key logistics suppliers. RAMTUC will have established links with small users. RAMTUC will have a structure of formal subgroups, with clarity of purpose and a formal relationship with the main group (governance). RAMTUC will have a single tier membership policy.

CONCLUSION
RAMTUC is recognized as the leading UK industry body for the safe transport of radioactive material. It develops expertise within member organizations and the wider RAM transport industry within a mutually supportive environment and seeks to positively influence the development and consistent interpretation of regulations.