U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Technical Assistance Request, American Board of Radiology "Certifications"
Title: Technical Assistance Request, American Board of
See the memorandum from J. E. Glenn to R. R. Bellamy (and
others) dated December 9, 1992. This NMSS memo was written
in response to a verbal technical assistance request (TAR)
from Region IV concerning the nomenclature of various
certifications of the American Board of Radiology (ABR).
The ABR "certifications" recognized by NRC for authorized
user status for physicians using materials authorized in 10
CFR Parts 35.300 Radiopharmaceuticals for Therapy), 35.400
(Sources for Brachytherapy), 35.500 Sealed Sources for
Diagnostics), and 35.600 (Teletherapy) are described in 10
CFR Parts 35.930 (a) (2), 35.940 (a) (1), and 35.960 (a)
(1). Before 1979, the ABR issued a certification in
"radiology" which covered both diagnostic and therapeutic
radiology. Since the ABR certification in "radiology"
includes both diagnostic and therapeutic radiology, it is
acceptable for certification for authorized user status
under 10 CFR Parts 35.910, 35.920, 35.930, 35.940, 35.950,
and 35.960. However, as with any review of training and
experience, the recentness of training and/or certification
must be considered. After 1979, the ABR replaced the
"radiology" certification with two certifications,
"diagnostic radiology" (with an additional designation in
"nuclear radiology"), and "therapeutic radiology."
Certification by the ABR in diagnostic radiology is
recognized as meeting the training requirements for
authorized users using 10 CFR Parts 35.100, 35.200, and
35.500 material, and certification by the ABR in
therapeutic radiology is recognized for authorized users
using 10 CFR Parts 35.300, 35.400, 35.500, and 35.600
materials. In 1987, the ABR renamed "therapeutic
radiology" as "radiation oncology". The criteria for
certification in radiation oncology are the same as those
previously required for therapeutic radiology, and the name
was changed to more adequately describe the practice.
Since certification in "therapeutic radiology" and
"radiation oncology" are synonymous, both may be accepted
to decide authorized user status for physicians using 10
CFR Parts 35.300, 35.400, 35.500, and 35.600 materials on a
case by case basis until NRC adds the radiology oncology
certification to the regulations.
Regulatory references: 10 CFR 35
Subject codes: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
Applicability: Byproduct Materials