All radionuclide purchases must be made through CORD (Central Ordering Receiving and Distribution). Our RAM license specifies that all shipments be made to our 30 East Campus Mall address. To order radionuclides you must be assigned an authorized RAM user by your respective PI.

CORD is staffed Monday through Friday during regular business hours.  All deliveries of licensed radioactive material require a signature from a trained radiation worker that is knowledgeable about the storage requirements of the specific material.  Requisitions are collected between 12:00-12:30 PM.  Requisitions made after noon will generally be placed the next day.

The most popular vendor/product combination is Perkin Elmer P-32. Perkin Elmer produces a fresh lot each Thursday. Most P-32 products from Perkin Elmer are delivered overnight, but we cannot guarantee shipping times. There are no weekend deliveries.

CORD. will place orders to the vendor of your choice. Be aware that contracted vendors generally offer the lowest prices. If you choose a non-contract vendor, you must supply to CORD the contact information such as vendor name, item number, web address and/or phone number.

CORD. charges a $45 fee per item on most orders. The CORD fee is charged to the user via a Cost Center Number supplied on the requisition.

A note on Requisition numbers and Inventory numbers:

The Requisition number is often similar to the vial’s inventory number.  The requisition number is created at the time you request an order be placed.  The inventory number is created once the order has been received and receipted by CORD.  Please be aware of which number you are using.


Kate Monson | Cord
Program Manager

CORD can be contacted during regular business hours at 608-262-6511.

State of WI RAM License Number: 25-1323-01



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How do I set up a Cost Center Number?

Cost Center Number management is a Physical Plant function. As such, CORD can only provide general guidance.

Cost Center Numbers are the charging mechanism for all CORD transactions. Cost Center Numbers are mapped to a funding string.

Cost Center Numbers for CORD take the format SD XXXXX, for Safety Department followed by five or six numbers.


Visit the Facilities, Planning & Management website.

A Net ID login and password are required, the same one used for My UW. Without a Net ID, you will not be able to gain access.

After logging in, from the headings running across the top of the page, click: Financial Management, then My Funding.

In the Cost Centers tab, select the option to Create a New Cost Center.

Select FPM as the department.

Select Safety-CORD-SD as the cost center profile.

Select Create a Funding Rule.

Enter funding information and click “Add.” Click Return to see your cost center number. To edit your information, click on the pencil icon next to the information bar.

To change an existing cost center number, you must be listed as the Financial Contact. You may choose to access Active or All cost centers. Click on the pencil in the left column to display current funding details. Make changes by following on screen instructions.

Requests for new cost centers or changes to existing cost centers are immediately updated when you press Submit. Physical Plant staff will send an email confirmation message.

A possible contact within Physical Plant is Jennifer Horsfall: phone 890-0941 or email

How do I order Radioactive material?


Instructions on how to place a Requisition

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