RADMAT Regulations

April 4, 2018: Please note that there has been a change in address for 12VAC5-481-451 fingerprinting request.  This address is now:  U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Criminal History Program, Division of Facilities and Security, 11545 Rockville Pike, Mail Stop T-7D04M, Rockville, MD  20852.  A letter will be sent shortly to affected licensees.

March 8, 2018:  As stated on the Radioactive Material Program’s home page in the first January 18, 2018 update, 12VAC5-490, regarding the fees associated with registration and licenses, has been amended.  The overview of this regulation can be found here.  The proposed changes can be found here and here is where you would add your comment.  The comment period started last month on February 5, 2018 and ends April 8, 2018.

November 8, 2017: A new Table of Contents with page numbers is now available for ease of locating a particular regulation. This also contains hyperlinks to the regulation if able to view electronically.

October 26, 2017: All changes to 12VAC5-481, as discussed in the previous note, have been implemented. A copy of the current regulation is here. Please be aware that this copy is current only as of this posting. This Table of Contents will bring you to the most current regulation applicable at the time.

September 5, 2017: 12VAC5-481 is undergoing another change to confirm with changes in regulatory requirements. As these changes were adopted from changes in the NRC regulations, there is no comment period available. You can view the Town Hall action summation to find the date of final adoption as September 18, 2017. There is also a presentation that will review the changes to become effective on September 18, 2017.

February 24, 2017:  12VAC5-481 has been updated for minor corrections.  These changes were implemented as a result of technical findings upon NRC review and are not alterations of any regulatory requirement.  Please use this link to for a current copy of the regulations: 12VAC5-481.

December 1, 2016:  A Table of Contents with embedded links for each regulation included in 12VAC5-481 is available here

August 25, 2016:  The 12VAC5-481 update has been completed and a PDF copy of the entire Chapter is provided by clicking: 2016-8-25 12VAC5-481.

For your convenience, this table lists each program type and the applicable Parts.  Part I: General Provisions; Part III: Licensing of Radioactive Material; Part IV: Standards for Protection Against Radiation; Part V: Radiation Safety Requirements for Industrial Radiography; Part VII: Use of Radionuclides in the Healing Arts; Part X: Notices, Instructions, and Reports to Workers; Inspections; Part XI: Licensing Requirements for Land Disposal for Radioactive Waste; Part XII: Licensing and Radiation Safety Requirements for Irradiators; Part XIII: Transportation of Radioactive Material; Part XIV: Radiation Safety Requirements for Wireline Service Operations and Subsurface Tracer Studies; Part XVI: Regulation and Licensing of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials; and Part XVII: Schedules.  Please download your applicable parts and make available to your staff.

  • License Type
Portable Gauge / XRF I,    III,    IV,    X,    XIII,    XVII
Radiography I,    III,    IV,    V,    X,    XIIIXVII
Fixed Gauge I,    III,    IV,    X,    XIII,    XVII
Self Shielded Irradiator I,    III,    IV,    X,    XIII,    XVII
Pool Irradiator I,    III,    IV,    X,    XII,    XIII,   XVII
R&D and Other Specific Licenses I,    III,    IV,    X,    XIII,    XVII
Medical I,    III,    IV,    VII,    X,    XIII,  XVII
Broad Scope I,    III,   IV,    X,    XIII,    XVII
Radiopharmacy I,    III,    IV,    VII,    X,    XIII,  XVII
Well Logging I,    III,    IV,    X,    XIII,    XIV,  XVII
Sealed Sources I,    III,    IV,    X,    XIII,    XVII


February 29, 2016: The following documents may be used by licensees to ensure they are meeting the new 12VAC5-481-451 security requirements:

12VAC5-481-451 Checklist 1

12VAC5-481-451 Checklist 2

12VAC5-481-451 Checklist 3

12VAC5-481-451 Checklist 4

12VAC5-481-451 FAQ



February 23, 2016 Update: 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 revised regulation becomes effective on March 8th. A pdf copy of the new regulations can be viewed by clicking the following hyperlink: 12VAC5-481-451 3/8/16 revision. On February 23rd, the Virginia Register of Regulations printed the revision to 12VAC5-481-10 “Definitions.” The revised regulation becomes effective on March 23rd. A pdf copy of the new regulations can be viewed by clicking on the following hyperlink: 12VAC5-481-10 3/23/16 revision.

In January we met with licensees throughout the state to discuss the proposed revision. The power point presentation can be accessed by clicking the following hyperlink: Security Regulations Presentation.


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