Academic Uses Toolkit
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The NRC's regulations are found in Chapter 1 of Title 10, "Energy," of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Chapter I is divided into Parts 1 through 199. The following parts contain the requirements most relevant to academic uses of nuclear material:
- Part 30 – "Rules of General Applicability to Domestic Licensing of Byproduct Material"
- Part 40 – "Domestic Licensing of Source Material"
- Part 70 – "Domestic Licensing of Special Nuclear Material"
See also the Medical, Industrial, Academic Uses of Nuclear Materials Regulations, Guidance, and Communications page.
Consolidated materials guidance is published in Consolidated Guidance About Licenses (NUREG-1556):
- Volume 7, Program-Specific Guidance About Academic, Research, and Development, and Other Licenses of Limited Scope
- Volume 11, Program-Specific Guidance About Licenses of Broad Scope
Regulatory guides are issued in 10 divisions and are intended to aid licensees in implementing regulations. The guides most applicable to academic use are Division 8, Occupational Health series. See also the Medical, Industrial, 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).
NRC's regional offices (Region I - East, 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 inspection procedures (IPs) are directly related to academic programs.
- IP 87126 – Industrial/Academic/Research Programs
For additional references, see the Medical, Industrial, Academic Uses of Nuclear Materials Inspection page.
NRC assigns five-digit program code number(s) to each license according to the principal activities authorized in the license. NRC uses approximately 100 program codes to classify the activities of thousands of active licenses. The program codes that are assigned to a license may be used to identify the applicable fee categories in the schedules in 10 CFR Part 170 and 10 CFR Part 171. To learn more about program codes and their descriptions and the associated fee and inspection categories, see "Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards Program Code Descriptions and Inspection Priorities."
Academic use license applicants may be required to pay a fee to the NRC upon application for a new license and may be required to pay an annual license fee to the NRC thereafter. Refer to the applicable fee categories in the schedules in 10 CFR Part 170 and 10 CFR Part 171 for the fees required for each category of license and each type of fee.
The following forms are to be used by all academic use licensees.
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