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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 481. Virginia Radiation Protection Regulations
8/12/2022

12VAC5-481-2000. Training for the oral administration of sodium iodide (I-131) requiring a written directive in quantities greater than 33 mCi (1.22 GBq).

Except as provided in 12VAC5-481-1780, licensees shall require an authorized user (AU) for the oral administration of sodium iodide (I-131) requiring a written directive in quantities greater than 33 mCi (1.22 GBq) to be a physician:

1. Who is certified by a medical specialty board whose certification process includes all of the requirements in subdivision 3 of this section and has been recognized by the NRC, the agency, or an agreement state. The names of board certifications that have been recognized by the NRC or an agreement state are posted on the NRC's Medical Uses Licensee Toolkit Web page; or

2. Who is an AU under 12VAC5-481-1980 for uses listed in subdivision 2 b (7) (b) of 12VAC5-481-1980 or equivalent NRC or other agreement state requirements; or

3. Who has:

a. Completed 80 hours of classroom and laboratory training, applicable to the medical use of sodium iodide (I-131) for procedures requiring a written directive. The training shall include:

(1) Radiation physics and instrumentation;

(2) Radiation protection;

(3) Mathematics pertaining to the use and measurement of radioactivity;

(4) Chemistry of radioactive material for medical use; and

(5) Radiation biology; and

b. Work experience, under the supervision of an AU who meets the requirements in this section, 12VAC5-481-1780, 12VAC5-481-1980, or equivalent NRC or other agreement state requirements. A supervising AU who meets the requirements in subdivision 2 of 12VAC5-481-1980 shall also have experience in administering dosages as specified in subdivision 2 b (7) (b) of 12VAC5-481-1980. The work experience shall involve:

(1) Ordering, receiving, and unpacking radioactive materials safely and performing the related radiation surveys;

(2) Performing quality control procedures on instruments used to determine the activity of dosages and performing checks for proper operation of survey meters;

(3) Calculating, measuring, and safely preparing patient or human research subject dosages;

(4) Using administrative controls to prevent a medical event involving the use of radioactive material;

(5) Using procedures to contain spilled radioactive material safely and using proper decontamination procedures; and

(6) Administering dosages to patients or human research subjects that includes at least three cases involving the oral administration of greater than 33 mCi (1.22 GBq) of sodium iodide (I-131); and

c. Obtained written attestation that the individual has satisfactorily completed the requirements in subdivision 3 of this section and is able to independently fulfill the radiation safety-related duties as an authorized user for oral administration of greater than 1.22 gigabecquerels (33 millicuries) of sodium iodide I-131 for medical uses authorized under 12VAC5-481-1950. The written attestation must be obtained by either:

(1) A preceptor authorized user who meets the requirements in this section, 12VAC5-481-1780, 12VAC5-481-1980, or equivalent NRC or other Agreement state requirements and has experience in administering dosages as specified in subdivision 2 b (7) (b) of 12VAC5-481-1980; or

(2) A residency program director who affirms in writing that the attestation represents the consensus of the residency program faculty where at least one faculty member is an authorized user who meets the requirements of this section, 12VAC5-481-1780, 12VAC5-481-1980, or equivalent NRC or other agreement state requirements; has experience in administering dosages as specified in 12VAC5-481-1980 2 b (7) (b); and concurs with the attestation provided by the residency program director. The residency training program must be approved by the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the Council on Postdoctoral Training of the American Osteopathic Association and must include training and experience as specified in this subdivision 3.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-229 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 25, eff. September 20, 2006; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 18, eff. June 12, 2008; Volume 32, Issue 24, eff. August 25, 2016; Volume 37, Issue 25, eff. January 14, 2022.

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