A Rule by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on 7/16/2018

10 CFR 35 Medical Use of By-Product Materials – Revisions go into effect January 14, 2019 in NRC states.  Revised guidance is available as well.

Medical Use of Byproduct Material-Medical Event Definitions, Training and Experience, and Clarifying Amendments

A Rule by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on 07/16/2018

“The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is amending its regulations related to the medical use of byproduct material. The final rule will amend the NRC regulations related to the medical use of byproduct material. This rule amends the reporting and notification requirements for a medical event (ME) for permanent implant brachytherapy. This rule also amends the training and experience (T&E) requirements to remove from multiple sections the requirement to obtain a written attestation for an individual who is certified by a specialty board whose certification process has been recognized by the NRC or an Agreement State; and address a request filed in a petition for rulemaking (PRM), PRM-35-20, to exempt certain board-certified individuals from certain T&E requirements (i.e., “grandfather” these individuals). Additionally, this rule amends the requirements for measuring molybdenum contamination; adds a new requirement for the reporting of failed technetium and rubidium generators; and allows licensees to name associate radiation safety officers (ARSOs) on a medical license.”

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/ 2018/07/16/2018-14852/medical-use-of-byproduct-material-medical-event-definitions-training-and-experience-and-clarifying

The Joint Commission Prepublication Standards affecting fluoroscopy go into effect January 1, 2018.

Prepublication Standards – Standards Revisions for Organizations Providing Fluoroscopy Services. June 25, 2018

“The Joint Commission is announcing several standards changes, applicable to ambulatory care organizations, office-based surgery practices, hospitals and critical access hospitals that will enhance organizations’ provision of safe, high- quality imaging services. While most of these standards changes focus on fluoroscopy, one of them revises required tests for computed tomography units, and another establishes a radiation safety officer. The changes were made to clarify expectations and address areas of risk associated with imaging.”

https://www.jointcommission.org/ prepublication_standards_standards_revisions_for_organizations_providing_fl uoroscopy_services/