Society News Archive

6 November 2000

On 23 October 2000, the Commission approved a final rule which revises the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) 10 CFR Part 35, "Medical Use of Byproduct Material." This final rule is one component of the Commission's overall program for revising its regulatory framework for medical use. A revision of the NRC's Medical Use Policy Statement was approved by the Commission earlier this year. The revision of Part 35 makes the medical use regulations more risk informed and performance based and codifies requirements for certain therapeutic devices. In response to a petition from the University of Cincinnati, the Commission also approved an amendment to 10 CFR Part 20, "Standards for Protection Against Radiation," that allows licensees the discretion of permitting visitors to hospitalized radiation patients to receive up to 5 millisieverts (0.5 rem) in a year from exposure to the hospitalized radiation patient. The draft final rulemaking package forwarded to the Commission and the Commission Voting Record are available at The NRC's Final Rules page and the NRC's Commission Voting Records page, respectively. The final rulemaking will be forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for review of the information collection requirements prior to the rulemaking being published as a final rule in the Federal Register.