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Radioactive Materials Program

Mike Welling, Director

Phone number: (804) 864-8168

Fax number: (804)-864-8155



March 16, 2016: On March 8th, the NRC published Revision 9 to the “Yttrium-90 Microsphere Brachytherapy Sources and Devices TheraSphere® and SIR-Spheres® Licensing Guidance”.  This current licensing guidance revision has three major changes based on ACMUI recommendations. These changes (1) remove specifications for gastrointestinal tract and lung dose/activity in the written directive and exclude reporting dose/activity to an organ or tissue other than the treatment site as a medical event when the dose/activity is caused by shunting when the shunting was evaluated prior to treatment in accordance with manufacturer’s procedures, (2) specifically exclude reporting of events due to stasis or emergent patient conditions, and (3) allow for interventional radiologists certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology to become Authorized Users.

The VRMP considers current licensees using older revisions to be grandfathered to this current revision.  For a copy of Revision 9, please click on the following: STC-16-020-Enclosure.pdf

February 12, 2016: On February 8th, the Virginia Register of Regulations printed the revision to 12VAC5-481-451 "Physical Protection of Category 1 and 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material". The notice can be found by clicking on this hyperlink: 12VAC5-481-451 revision. This regualtion revision becomes effective on March 8th. The new definitions are being published in the February 23rd Virginai Register. A word copy of the new definitions is provided for your use: 12VAC5-481-10 2-23-2016 revision.

January 6, 2016:The meeting location in the Tidewater region has been finalized. The meeting will be held on Tuesday January 26th at the Hampton University Student Center. The following hyperlink is a pdf map of the campus, the Student Center is building number 68: HU Campus Map

To summarize the meetings being held to discuss the 12VAC5-481 revisions, the following are dates and locations for the meetings. The time is 9 am - 12am for the morning session and 1:30 pm - 4 pm for the afternoon session which will discuss the revision to 12VAC5-481-451, "Increased controls and fingerprinting". This session will be open to licensees who meet the increased control requirements, Local Law Enforcement Agencies (LLEA) and the FBI.

1/19: Permiter Center, Richmond (9960 Mayland Dr., Henrico VA 23230). The conference center is located on the 2nd floor. Free parking is located in front of the building.

1/21: Roanoke College Map

1/26: Hampton University Map

1/28: INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax Map (the meeting will be held in the Medical Building number 3580, Cancer Center Auditorium)

January 5, 2016:On December 14, 2015 the NRC issues Regulatory Issue Summary (RIS) 2015-18 titled "Sodium Iodide (I-131) Patient Release Information Collection." To view the RIS and the Federal Register Notice listed in the RIS please click on the following:

RIS 2015-18

80 FR 70843

December 28, 2015:A mistake was made on the letter mailed out regarding the 12VAC5-481 meetings. The correct date for the Fairfax meeting is Thursday January 28, not Tuesday.

The Roanoke meeting is being held on the campus of Roanoke College in the Massengil Auditorium. Parking will be allowed in the Lower Olin Parking Lot (P11), located off Thompson Memorial Drive (RT311). This parking pass will need to be displayed in your vehicle: Roanoke Parking Pass. The following map of Roanoke College will assist you in walking from the parking lot to Massengil Auditorium: Roanoke College Map.

Decebmer 22, 2015:Today the following letter was sent out to all licensee RSOs regarding meetings being held in January to discuss the upcoming revision to 12VAC5-481: 12VAC5-481 Meeting Letter.

The meetings will be divided into two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning session will begin at 9 am and end at 12 pm. This session will discuss revisions to 12VAC5-481 that affect all licensees. The afternoon session held from 1:30 pm until 4 pm, will discuss the revision to 12VAC5-481-451, "Increased controls and fingerprinting". This session will be open to licensees who meet the increased control requirements, Local Law Enforcement Agencies (LLEA) and the FBI.

Registration will not be required to attend these meetings. If you have any questions please contact Mike Welling by email at Mike Welling.

October 27, 2014: Beginning next Monday (11/3), the RMP is undergoing an inspection by the NRC under the Integrated Materials Performance Evaluation Program (IMPEP). This inspection is scheduled to last the entire week, during which RMP staff may be unavailable to answer phone calls or emails. We will respond to your inquiries as time allows us. If you have an urgent matter, please dial 804-864-8150 and ask to speak to a member of the RMP.

September 9, 2014:In June of 2011 the NRC issued its Safety Culture Policy Statement. The RMP sent out notices prior to this regarding the Safety Culture Policy. The NRC is now conducting a survey regarding the Safety Culture policy.

The survey consists of 20 questions and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. It asks licensees for feedback regarding:

1. Awareness of the Safety Culture Policy Statement

2. Whether they have received safety culture materials from the NRC or Agreement States

3. Satisfaction with the outreach and education products they have received

4. Overall satisfaction with the level and quality of communications from the NRC or Agreement States about safety culture

Today we have sent out a letter to all licensees infomrming them of this survey and providing the following link if they wish to participate. NRC Safety Culture Survey

December 20, 2013:We have implemented a credit card payment system for the Radioactive Materials Program. Licensees may pay their initial application and annual license fee payments while reciprocity licensees may pay their fees using this system. The page may be found at: Credit Card Payment Site. If you have any questions please contact us at 804-864-8169.

November 13, 2013:The CRCPD is extending the period for registering unwanted sources into the SCATR program for a roundup occuring in 2014. The following letter is being mailed to each licensee: CRCPD SCATR Letter

November 5, 2013:The Preceptor and Attestation form for unsealed radioactive material requiring a written directive has been revised to include Xofigo.

October 30, 2013:The FDA has approved Vizamyl (flutemetamol F 18 injection), a radioactive diagnostic drug for use with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of the brain in adults being evaluated for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia. Here is a link to the press release: Vizamyl Press Release

August 30, 2013: The NRC has updated their address for sending in fingerprints. The new address is:


Division of Facilities and Security


11545 Rockville Pike

Rockville, MD 20852-2738

ATTN: Criminal History Program, Mail Stop T-03B46M

June 17, 2013: The Source Collection and Threat Reduction Program (SCATR) administered by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) is providing sealed source licensees in states which do not have access to an in-Compact low-level radioactive waste disposal facility an opportunity to dispose of certain unwanted radioactive sealed sources. CRCPD is offering generators who participate in this limited-time opportunity financial assistance equal to 50% of the cost of collection, processing, and disposal. Generators must register their sources with the Offsite Source Recovery Project (OSRP) OSRP by June 30, 2013 to qualify for participation in this cost-shared disposal effort. For more information, see the following document: CRCPD/SCTR Document

May 16, 2013: On May 15th the FDA approved the use of Xofigo (Ra-223 dichloride) for the treatment of men with symptomatic late-stage (metastic) castration-resistant prostate cancer that has spread to the bones but not other organs. Bayer has the marketing rights to Xofigo. The use of Xofigo will be under 12VAC5-481-1950 and the Authorized Users must be approved for this use. The FDA notice can be found here: FDA Ra-223 Announcement. If you have any other questions regarding the use of Xofigo, please contact us.

May 9, 2013: On May 7, 2013 the NRC issued FSME-13-041 titled "Notice of an upcoming webinar and request for comments on consideration of rulemaking to address prompt remediation of residual radioactivity during operations." This document states the webinar will be held on June 4th from 12 pm until 3 pm. For more information, the document can be found here: FSME-13-041

November 6, 2012: On September 4th Governor McDonnel approved the revision to 12VAC5-490 "Fee Schedule". The regulations were then printed in the Virginia Regsiter on October 8th. These regulations will go into effect on November 22, 2012. A table of the revised fee schedule is provided for your review: 12VAC5-490 2012 Amended. If you have any questions regarding the new amended fee schedule please call Mike Welling at 804-864-8168.

June 7, 2012: SCATR Program to Begin Collection of Class A Sources for Disposal at Clive. Click on the following link for a word document containing all the information regarding this issue: Clive Disposal

July 29, 2011: On Wednesday July 27th the Food and Drug Administation (FDA) released a safety communication to stop using CardioGen-82 for PET scans. Bracco Diagnostics, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of CardioGen-82. For more information please read the communication: CardioGen-82 Recall or visit the FDA website at: FDA CardioGen Webpage

July 17, 2011: On Friday July 15th the Food and Drug Administation (FDA) released a safety announcement regarding CardioGen-82 used for positron tomography (PET) scans. For more information please visit the FDA website at: FDA CardioGen-82 Announcement

June 15, 2011: The Radioactive Materials Program is hosting the Orginization of Agreement States (OAS) annual conference on August 22-25 at the Omni Hotel in Richmond. The conference is an opportunity for the 37 Agreement States, the NRC and other federal partners to meet and discuss issues relating to radioactive material regulating. There will also be vendors representing manufacturers/distributors of medical isotopes and survey instrumentation. For more information please visit the OAS website at: OAS Webpage

June 6, 2011: On May 20, 2011 the NRC published in the Federal Register (76 FR 29171) a notice of two public workshops to be held. The first workshop will be held on June 20-21 in New York, New York and the second will be held on August 11-12 in Houston, TX. The workshops are meant to solicit comments on certain issues under consideration to amend the medical use regulations, including reporting and notifications of Medical Events (MEs) for permanent implant brachytherapy. The workshops will also be viewable by webinar. The NRC has created a website with specific information and a webinar link, it can be found at: NRC Part 35 Meeting

September 8: Gulf Nuclear Model 71-2A Source: Model 71-2A Neutron Well Logging sources will be losing its special form certificate in the near future. For those licensee possessing these sources there are a few options for disposition of these sources. Gulf Nuclear has issued the following notice: Gulf Nuclear Notice and The Department of Energy's Off-Site Source Recovery Project (OSRP) has issued the following notice: OSRP Notice.

September 3: On August 6, 2010, the NRC published in the Federal Register (75 FR 33902) the proposed increased controls regulations. The new regulations would create Part 37 in 10 CFR. A public comment period was set until October 13th to allow for you to comment on these proposed regulations. There are several new regulations being created which may be of interest to you. I highly recommend you review this regulation and comment to the NRC before October 13th, this will be your only time to do so. Virginia will follow and create our increased control regulations once the NRC publishes the final regulations. The proposed regulations are posted here: 10 CFR Part 37. The NRC is hosting a public meeting on September 20th at NRC Headquarters in Rockville, MD. This meeting also provides an opportunity for you to comment to the NRC on Part 37. This is posted on the NRC�s website

January 7, 2010: On December 18, 2009 the NRC issued a press release (NRC Safety Culture Press Release) relating to a draft policy on "safety culture". The Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 214 dated November 6, 2009 (found at: NRC-2009-0482) included the NRC draft policy statement. This federal register notice began a 90 day public comment period. The NRC will also be hosting public workshops in February, April and October. The information was published in the Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 239 dated December 15, 2009 (found at: NRC-2009-0485). If you are interested in participating, contact the NRC. More information can be found at the NRC's safety culture webpage (NRC Safety Culture Page).

August 26, 2009 IC/Fingerprinting Update: On August 6, 2009 a revision to 12VAC5-481-451, "Increased Controls and Fingerprinting" became effective. The revision included a requirement to also notify the NRC for any theft, sabotage or diversion; also notify the NRC when a shipment becomes lost; corrects the address to send fingerprints to; and to also notify the NRC when a fingerprinted individual is on the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database. A link to the amended section is: 12VAC5-481-451

August 21, 2009 Licensing Update : Sorry for the length in time since the last update but as you can imagine we are a little busy. The staff has been working an amending licenses and issuing the new Virginia license. For those licensees who possessed a Virginia NARM medical license and an NRC medical license prior to the Agreement date of March 31, 2009, the NARM license is no longer needed. The isotopes identified in the NARM license are now covered by your NRC license, we will no longer be asking you to renew the NARM license. I have spoken with the nuclear pharmacies and explained this to them. We will issue you a new Virginia radioactive materials license during your next amendment, renewal or through administrative actions on our part. I plan on issuing new licenses to those licensees who possessed a medical NARM license no later than March of 2010.

August 21, 2009 Fee Schedule Update: As most of you know there has been some confusion with regards to the fee schedule. Let me first begin by apologizing for any confustion we may have caused by our letter and/or the power point presentation. VDH is using a different billing cycle than the NRC, ours is based upon the expiration month listed on your license. What that means is that every year your annual license fee will be due by the end of that month, we will be sending you the invoice 60 priors to ensure you have enough time to process the check. At this time we can only accept a check for payment, we can not except credit cards or electronic deposits. The first letter you received from us was to cover the period April 1, 2009 until the month of your license expiration for this year only. For instance if your license expiration date is September 30, 2012 the letter invoiced you for the period April 1, 2009 until September 30, 2009. The amount was a prorated portion of the annual fee schedule based upon the number of days. Next you would have received an annual invoice for the period October 1, 2009 until September 30, 2010.

August 21, 2009 Fee Schedule Revision: On Tuesday August 18, 2009 we received a petition to amend the fee schedule, 12VAC5-490. The Radioactive Materials Program has been working with management to address the fee schedule issue and has prepared a new schedule for the Board of Health to review at their next meeting being held on October 16, 2009. The petition has been posted on the Virginia Town Hall website, at the following location:12VAC5-490 Petition. If you have any questions regarding the fee schedule please contact me by telepone or e-mail.

March 18, 2009 Update: My thanks to all the individuals who took time out of their work schedule to come to our agreement state meetings. Each meeting was fruitful and many questions were answered. We are working on posting the questions here for everyone to see. I am posting the presentation here for anyone that was unable to be at these meetings. I hope by viewing the presentation that any of your questions may be answered. If you have any questions that can not be answered by the presentation or the Q&A posting feel free to contact me at any time. Agreement State Meeting Presentation

March 18, 2009 Update: On March 4, 2009 the NRC Chairman signed our agreement. Subsequently the agreement has been delivered to the Governor for signature. Once the agreement is signed by Governor Kaine it will be delivered to the NRC. On March 31, 2009 the agreement will become effective and the NRC will deliver the licensing files to our office. If you have any questions regarding your license please contact us at 804-864-8150.

March 27, 2009 Update: On March 23, 2009 the signed agreements were delivered to the NRC. On March 24, 2009 the NRC issued a press release stating: "NRC COMPLETES VIRGINIA AGREEMENT TO REGULATE CERTAIN RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS". So beginning 12:00 a.m. on March 31st the Radioactive Materials Program will have authority over the licensing of radioactive materials in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you have an amendment request you may either mail them or fax them to us, but please bear with us for the first couple of weeks as we must accept the NRC licensing files and place them in our filing system.

FEE SCHEDULE: Beginning March 31st we will be applying the fee schedule found in 12VAC5-490-40 to our licensees. If you have any questions regarding these fees please contact Mike Welling at 804-864-8168. FEE SCHEDULE

Hopefully you will find this web site useful when submitting an application, requesting an amendment or filing for reciprocity. If you have any suggestions or comments on our web page please contact Mike Welling or Les Foldesi.

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"Purpose: To protect the public and occupational radiation workers, and to maintain effective control over licensed radioactive materials to ensure their safe handling and disposal."

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This program is responsible for ensuring the safe use of radioactive materials in such areas as industrial, medical, educational and research applications.  The safe use of radioactive materials is ensured by issuing licenses which state the conditions of use.  The facilities are inspected to ensure compliance with these conditions. 

On occasion, unidentified but low level radioactive material (<50 mr/hr) in scrap metal or refuse is detected on arrival at facilities providing recycling, disposal or incineration services.  In such cases this agency has been authorized by the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue DOT transportation exemptions for the return of the material to the original shipper.

If you need to apply for a radioactive materials license, the Radioactive Materials Program staff can assist you with any questions.  Please call for assistance.

Radiological Health Program | James Madison Building, 7th Floor | 109 Governor Street,  Room 730 | Richmond, VA  23219 | Telephone (804) 864-8150 | Fax: (804) 864-8155