Mike Welling, Director
Phone number: (804) 864-8168
Fax number: (804)-864-8155
May 16, 2014: On May 15th the FDA approved the use of Xofigo (Ra-223 dichloride) for the treatment of men with symptomatic late-stage (metastic) castration-resistant prostate cancer that has spread to the bones but not other organs. Bayer has the marketing rights to Xofigo. The use of Xofigo will be under 12VAC5-481-1950 and the Authorized Users must be approved for this use. The FDA notice can be found here: FDA Ra-223 Announcement. If you have any other questions regarding the use of Xofigo, please contact us.
May 9, 2013: On May 7, 2013 the NRC issued FSME-13-041 titled "Notice of an upcoming webinar and request for comments on consideration of rulemaking to address prompt remediation of residual radioactivity during operations." This document states the webinar will be held on June 4th from 12 pm until 3 pm. For more information, the document can be found here: FSME-13-041
November 6, 2012: On September 4th Governor McDonnel approved the revision to 12VAC5-490 "Fee Schedule". The regulations were then printed in the Virginia Regsiter on October 8th. These regulations will go into effect on November 22, 2012. A table of the revised fee schedule is provided for your review: 12VAC5-490 2012 Amended. If you have any questions regarding the new amended fee schedule please call Mike Welling at 804-864-8168.
June 7, 2012: SCATR Program to Begin Collection of Class A Sources for Disposal at Clive. Click on the following link for a word document containing all the information regarding this issue: Clive Disposal
July 29, 2011: On Wednesday July 27th the Food and Drug Administation (FDA) released a safety communication to stop using CardioGen-82 for PET scans. Bracco Diagnostics, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of CardioGen-82. For more information please read the communication: CardioGen-82 Recall or visit the FDA website at: FDA CardioGen Webpage
July 17, 2011: On Friday July 15th the Food and Drug Administation (FDA) released a safety announcement regarding CardioGen-82 used for positron tomography (PET) scans. For more information please visit the FDA website at: FDA CardioGen-82 Announcement
June 15, 2011: The Radioactive Materials Program is hosting the Orginization of Agreement States (OAS) annual conference on August 22-25 at the Omni Hotel in Richmond. The conference is an opportunity for the 37 Agreement States, the NRC and other federal partners to meet and discuss issues relating to radioactive material regulating. There will also be vendors representing manufacturers/distributors of medical isotopes and survey instrumentation. For more information please visit the OAS website at: OAS Webpage
June 6, 2011: On May 20, 2011 the NRC published in the Federal Register (76 FR 29171) a notice of two public workshops to be held. The first workshop will be held on June 20-21 in New York, New York and the second will be held on August 11-12 in Houston, TX. The workshops are meant to solicit comments on certain issues under consideration to amend the medical use regulations, including reporting and notifications of Medical Events (MEs) for permanent implant brachytherapy. The workshops will also be viewable by webinar. The NRC has created a website with specific information and a webinar link, it can be found at: NRC Part 35 Meeting
September 8: Gulf Nuclear Model 71-2A Source: Model 71-2A Neutron Well Logging sources will be losing its special form certificate in the near future. For those licensee possessing these sources there are a few options for disposition of these sources. Gulf Nuclear has issued the following notice: Gulf Nuclear Notice and The Department of Energy's Off-Site Source Recovery Project (OSRP) has issued the following notice: OSRP Notice.
September 3: On August 6, 2010, the NRC published in the Federal Register (75 FR 33902) the proposed increased controls regulations. The new regulations would create Part 37 in 10 CFR. A public comment period was set until October 13th to allow for you to comment on these proposed regulations. There are several new regulations being created which may be of interest to you. I highly recommend you review this regulation and comment to the NRC before October 13th, this will be your only time to do so. Virginia will follow and create our increased control regulations once the NRC publishes the final regulations. The proposed regulations are posted here: 10 CFR Part 37. The NRC is hosting a public meeting on September 20th at NRC Headquarters in Rockville, MD. This meeting also provides an opportunity for you to comment to the NRC on Part 37. This is posted on the NRCï¿½s website
January 7, 2010: On December 18, 2009 the NRC issued a press release (NRC Safety Culture Press Release) relating to a draft policy on "safety culture". The Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 214 dated November 6, 2009 (found at: NRC-2009-0482) included the NRC draft policy statement. This federal register notice began a 90 day public comment period. The NRC will also be hosting public workshops in February, April and October. The information was published in the Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 239 dated December 15, 2009 (found at: NRC-2009-0485). If you are interested in participating, contact the NRC. More information can be found at the NRC's safety culture webpage (NRC Safety Culture Page).
August 26, 2009 IC/Fingerprinting Update: On August 6, 2009 a revision to 12VAC5-481-451, "Increased Controls and Fingerprinting" became effective. The revision included a requirement to also notify the NRC for any theft, sabotage or diversion; also notify the NRC when a shipment becomes lost; corrects the address to send fingerprints to; and to also notify the NRC when a fingerprinted individual is on the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database. A link to the amended section is: 12VAC5-481-451
August 21, 2009 Licensing Update : Sorry for the length in time since the last update but as you can imagine we are a little busy. The staff has been working an amending licenses and issuing the new Virginia license. For those licensees who possessed a Virginia NARM medical license and an NRC medical license prior to the Agreement date of March 31, 2009, the NARM license is no longer needed. The isotopes identified in the NARM license are now covered by your NRC license, we will no longer be asking you to renew the NARM license. I have spoken with the nuclear pharmacies and explained this to them. We will issue you a new Virginia radioactive materials license during your next amendment, renewal or through administrative actions on our part. I plan on issuing new licenses to those licensees who possessed a medical NARM license no later than March of 2010.
August 21, 2009 Fee Schedule Update: As most of you know there has been some confusion with regards to the fee schedule. Let me first begin by apologizing for any confustion we may have caused by our letter and/or the power point presentation. VDH is using a different billing cycle than the NRC, ours is based upon the expiration month listed on your license. What that means is that every year your annual license fee will be due by the end of that month, we will be sending you the invoice 60 priors to ensure you have enough time to process the check. At this time we can only accept a check for payment, we can not except credit cards or electronic deposits. The first letter you received from us was to cover the period April 1, 2009 until the month of your license expiration for this year only. For instance if your license expiration date is September 30, 2012 the letter invoiced you for the period April 1, 2009 until September 30, 2009. The amount was a prorated portion of the annual fee schedule based upon the number of days. Next you would have received an annual invoice for the period October 1, 2009 until September 30, 2010.
August 21, 2009 Fee Schedule Revision: On Tuesday August 18, 2009 we received a petition to amend the fee schedule, 12VAC5-490. The Radioactive Materials Program has been working with