October 03, 2019

ACR Recommends Edits to NRC Patient Release Draft Guidance

On September 25, 2019, the American College of Radiology (ACR®) submitted comments asking for revisions to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) proposed “Revision 1” to its draft regulatory guide on “Release of Patients Administered Radioactive Material.”

The NRC’s proposed changes to the draft guide would provide clarity on:

  • Additional patient instructions following radionuclide therapy
  • New calculation and notification responsibilities for Radiation Safety Officers (RSOs) related to the deaths of recent radionuclide therapy patients, and
  • Recommended durations of interruption of breastfeeding to ensure that the dose to an infant or child meets regulatory requirements.

The ACR’s comments, developed under the guidance of the ACR Commissions on Medical Physics-Government Relations Committee and Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, recommended several edits to modernize and improve the document. The ACR also recommended that NRC reduce the proposed administrative burden for RSOs to be commensurate with the immeasurably low radiation risk posed by recently deceased radionuclide therapy patients to crematorium/funeral home workers.

For questions about this comment submission or other NRC regulatory affairs topics, please contact Michael Peters, ACR Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, and staff liaison to the ACR Medical Physics-Government Relations Committee, at (202) 223-1670 or mpeters@acr.org.