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To best represent medical physics, AAPM has worked to establish a close and cooperative working relationship with numerous government bodies and organizations including the Congress, federal and state agencies, related professional societies and a range of medical providers, corporations and suppliers.

For additional information related to AAPM’s government relations efforts, contact Lynne Fairobent, Senior Manager of Government Relations at lynne@aapm.org or 301-209-3364.

Items of Interest

NRC Requests Comments on Petitions to change basis of Radiation Protection Regulations

On June 23, 2015, NRC published in the Federal Register, (link: federalregister.gov/a/2015-15441) a request for comment on three petitions from Drs. Carol Marcus, Mark L. Miller, and Mohan Doss for rulemaking (PRM) (Docket Nos.: PRM-20-28, PRM-20-29, PRM-20-30) requesting that NRC amend its “Standards for Protection Against Radiation” regulations and change the basis of those regulations from the Linear No-Threshold model of radiation protection to the radiation hormesis model. See the attached file for the Notice titled, ‘‘Linear No-Threshold Model and Standards for Protection Against Radiation.”

Full details of the Petitions can be accessed at: www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NRC-2015-0057.

Comments specific to the Petitions for Rulemaking should be submitted by September 08, 2015. Comments received after these dates will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is able to assure consideration only for comments received on or before this date. If you have any comments that AAPM should consider in a response, please send them to Lynne Fairobent, Senior Manager for Government Relations at lynne@aapm.org no later than August 25, 2015.

AAPM submits comments on NRC Petitions

Proposed Changes to IAC MRI Standards - Now Open for Public Comment
Comments May Be Submitted to IAC Now Through July 5th, 2015

In keeping with the IAC's continued commitment to streamlining and simplifying the accreditation process, we are pleased to announce that the public now has the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the IAC Standards and Guidelines for MRI Accreditation.

The Standards are reviewed periodically by the IAC MRI Board of Directors and revised as needed. As a new component to the accreditation process, proposed Standards that have been approved by the Board of Directors are then posted to the IAC website for a 60-day public comment period. These proposed Standards include changes to the current Standards, the removal of current Standards and/or the addition of new Standards.

Beginning May 5th, 2015, the public may visit the IAC website at intersocietal.org/iac/comment_period.htm to comment on any of the proposed Standards until July 5th, 2015.

In order to provide comments, the IAC Comment Form must be completed and submitted electronically by the provided deadline.

To Submit a Comment on Proposed Standards:

  • Visit the IAC website at intersocietal.org/iac/comment_period.htm;
  • Scroll down to the section for MRI Standards Available for Comment;
  • Select the proposed Standard on which to comment;
  • A window will expand with the description of the Standard and the proposed change on the left;
  • On the right, fill in your name and comment in the boxes provided;
  • Hit Submit.
  • At the close of the comment period, the IAC MRI Board of Directors will review any submitted comments, consider modifications as needed and vote for final approval of the Standards. Facilities are notified of changes to the published Standards, and the most current version of the Standards can be viewed or printed from the IAC MRI website at intersocietal.org/mri/main/mri_standards.htm.

NRC Extends Comment Period for ANPR for 10 CFR Part 20 Standards for Protection Against Radiation

On November 20, 2014,NRC published in theFederal Register,an extension for the comment period for advance notice of the 10 CFR Part 20 proposed rulemaking by 120 days. Comments should be filed no later than June 22, 2015 (80 FR 14033).

NRC issued the Advance Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for 10 CFR Part 20 Standards for Protection Against Radiation was published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2014 (79 FR 43284). In addition to the ANPR, NRC also published 6 Issue Papers as well. This information is contained on the NRC website:

Additional background information on NRC's Options to Revise Radiation Protection Regulations and Guidance can be found here.

Please send any comments for AAPM’s consideration to Lynne Fairobent, Senior Manager for Government Relations at lynne@aapm.org.

Federal Agency Issues

The responsibility for ensuring the safe use of radioactive materials and radiation-producing machines is shared by a number of federal agencies and states. Key federal agencies are the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).