United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Irradiator Licensee Toolkit

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The NRC's regulations are found in Chapter I of Title 10, "Energy," of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Chapter I is divided into Parts 1 through 199. This part contains the requirements most relevant to large non-self-shielded irradiator licensing and possession:

  • Part 36 – Licenses and Radiation Safety Requirements for Irradiators

See also the Medical, Industrial, Academic Uses of Nuclear Materials Regulations, Guidance, and Communications page.

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Consolidated materials guidance is published in "Consolidated Guidance About Materials Licenses" (NUREG-1556).

  • Volume 5, Program-Specific Guidance About Self-Shielded Irradiator Licenses
  • Volume 6, Program-Specific Guidance About 10 CFR Part 36 Irradiator Licenses

Regulatory guides are issued in 10 divisions and are intended to aid licensees in implementing regulations. For a specific list of the most applicable guides in Division 8, Occupational Health, see the Medical, Industrial, and Academic Uses of Nuclear Materials Regulations, Guidance, and Communications page.

Web (HTML) versions of some regulatory guides are available for viewing or downloading at this site. In the index for each division of guides, the number of each guide available at this site is underscored. All active final and draft guides are also available in NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS).

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Inspection Procedures

NRC's regional offices (Region I - Northeast, Region II - Southeast, Region III - Midwest, and Region IV - West/Southwest) conduct typically unannounced, periodic inspection of licensed activities using guidance from Inspection Manual, Chapter 2800. The frequency of inspection is based on the hazard of materials used. The following are the Inspection Procedures directly related to irradiators.

See also the Medical, Industrial, Academic Uses of Nuclear Materials Inspection page.

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License Types

NRC assigns a five-digit code to each license to designate the major activity or principal use authorized in the license. NRC uses approximately 100 program codes to classify the thousands of active licenses. To learn more about this license category and the associated fee and inspection categories, see "Consolidated Guidance About Materials Licenses: Guidance About Administrative Licensing Procedures" (NUREG-1556, Vol. 20, Appendix G: LTS Program Code Descriptions). Use this information to find the fee you will pay in the schedules in 10 CFR Part 170 and 10 CFR Part 171.

Program Codes Used in Irradiator Licensing and Inspection Programs

License Title License Code
Irradiators Self Shielded Less Than 10,000 Curies 03510
Irradiators Other Less Than 10,000 Curies 03511
Irradiators Self Shielded Greater Than 10,000 Curies 03520
Irradiators Other Greater Than 10,000 Curies 03521

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Irradiator license applicants are required to pay a fee to the NRC upon application for a new license and are required to pay an annual license fee to the NRC thereafter. Refer to the schedule of materials fees for the fees required for each category of license and each type of fee.

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The following forms are to be used by all irradiator licensees.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, March 26, 2015