NRC Issues Regulatory Issue Summary: Radiation Safety Officers for Medical-Use Licenses Under 10 CFR Part 35

September 23, 2010

NRC Issues Regulatory Issue Summary: Radiation Safety Officers for Medical-Use Licenses Under 10 CFR Part 35

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a regulatory issue summary (RIS) to address the issue of allowing only one Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for medical-use licenses and the issue of the availability of RSOs to serve as preceptors for other individuals seeking RSO status on medical-use licenses. No specific action or written response is required. The NRC is providing this RIS to Agreement States for their information and for distribution to their medical licensees, as appropriate.

In 10 CFR Part 35, “Medical Use of Byproduct Material,” the NRC provides four methods that individuals can use to be recognized as RSOs at NRC-licensed medical-use facilities. The regulations in 10 CFR 35.50 specify three of these methods. For all three methods, the proposed RSO must obtain a preceptor attestation and must complete training in the radiation safety, regulatory issues, and emergency procedures for the types of use for which a licensee seeks approval. The provisions of 10 CFR 35.57 describe the fourth method.