However, the exemption for low level Americium-241 sources is not recognized in some countries including Canada. Environics has responded by incorporating a Nickel-63 source in the ChemPro product line. This new source provides the same gas/vapor detection performance as the original
As of 15 August 2011, this newly approved Nickel-63 source extends license-free ownership to Canadian ChemPro owners for the first time. When purchased new with the Nickel-63 source or when previously shipped units are upgraded to the new Nickel-63 source, Canadians will no longer have to apply for and renew a license to possess a ChemPro. ChemPro products for Canadian shipment can immediately be ordered with the Nickel-63 source option. Current owners of ChemPro products can upgrade to the newNickel-63 source by contacting Environics USA.
The new license-free Nickel-63 source is available for and can be upgraded to for any ChemPro product including the handheld ChemPro100, ChemPro100i, ChemProPD and the permanently mounted ChemProDM or ChemProFX.