Industrial Radiography 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. The following parts contain the requirements most relevant to radiography licensing and possession.

  • Part 30 – Rules of General Applicability to Domestic Licensing of Byproduct Material
  • Part 34 – Licenses for Industrial Radiography and Radiation Safety Requirements for Industrial Radiographic Operations
  • Part 37 – Physical Protection of Category 1 and Category 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material

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 2, Program-Specific Guidance About Industrial Radiography Licenses
  • Volume 19, Guidance for Agreement State Licensees About NRC Form 241 "Report of Proposed Activities in Non-Agreement States, Areas of Exclusive Federal Jurisdiction, or Offshore Waters" and Guidance for NRC Licensees Proposing To Work in Agreement State Jurisdiction (Reciprocity)

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 - 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) address inspections directly related to industrial radiography.

  • IP 87121 – Industrial Radiography Programs
  • IP 87137 – 10 CFR Part 37 Materials Security Programs

For additional references, see the Medical, Industrial, Academic Uses of Nuclear Materials Inspection page.

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License Types

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."

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Industrial radiography 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 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.

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The following forms are to be used by all industrial radiography licensees:

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Industrial Radiography Certification

The Agreement States and NRC have adopted regulations requiring industrial radiographers to attend a radiation safety course, complete a specified number of on-the-job training hours, and successfully complete a written examination prior to being certified. For information on industrial radiography certification, visit the page Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors.

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