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

12VAC5-481-2001. Training for the parenteral administration of unsealed radioactive material requiring a written directive.

Except as provided in 12VAC5-481-1780, licensees shall require an authorized user (AU) for the parenteral administration requiring a written directive to be a physician:

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

2. Who is an AU under 12VAC5-481-2018, 12VAC5-481-2040, or equivalent NRC or other agreement state requirements and who meets the requirements in subdivision 4 of this section; or

3. Who is certified by a medical specialty board whose certification process has been recognized by the NRC, the agency, or an agreement state under 12VAC5-481-2018 or 12VAC5-481-2040 and who meets the requirements in subdivision 4 of this section;

4. Who has:

a. Completed 80 hours of classroom and laboratory training applicable to parenteral administrations. 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 in the parenteral administration listed in 12VAC5-481-1980 2 b (7) (c). A supervising AU who meets the requirements in this section, 12VAC5-481-1980, or equivalent NRC or other agreement state requirements shall have experience in administering dosages in the same category as the individual requesting authorized user status. 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 unsealed 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 include at least three cases of the parenteral administration as specified in 12VAC5-481-1980 2 b (7) (c); and

5. Obtained a written attestation that the individual has satisfactorily completed the requirements in subdivision 4 of this section and is able to independently fulfill the radiation safety-related duties as an authorized user for the parenteral administration of unsealed byproduct material requiring a written directive. The written attestation shall be obtained from either:

a. A preceptor AU who meets the requirements in this section, 12VAC5-481-1780, 12VAC5-481-1980, or equivalent NRC or other agreement state requirements. A preceptor AU who meets the requirements in this section, 12VAC5-481-1980, or equivalent NRC or other agreement state requirements shall have experience in administering dosages in the same category as the individual requesting authorized user status; or

b. 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 in the same dosage category as the individual requesting authorized user status; 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 of Postdoctoral Training of the American Osteopathic Association and must include training and experience specified in subdivision 4 of this section.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-229 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 18, eff. June 12, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 24, eff. August 25, 2016; Errata 37:14 VA.R. 2151 March 1, 2021; Volume 37, Issue 25, eff. January 14, 2022; Errata 38:10 VA.R. 902 January 3, 2022.

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