Specialty Board(s) Certification Recognized by NRC Under 10 CFR Part 35

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35.50 Training for Radiation Safety Officer and Associate Radiation Safety Officer

The following are specialty boards whose certification process have been recognized by the Commission or an Agreement State and meet the NRC requirements in 10 CFR 35.50, "Training for Radiation Safety Officer and Associate Radiation Safety Officer."  Authorized Medical Physicists who meet the specialty board requirements in 10 CFR 35.50(c)(1) may also work as a Radiation Safety Officer or an Associate Radiation Safety Officer.

As part of the NRC-recognition process, the specialty boards submit a sample certificate for each recognized specialty area.  The certificates are only applicable to the NRC-licensing process when they are issued within the date range.  If the certificate or the specialty board process changes, then an updated NRC-recognized sample certificate is listed below.  The following chart is provided to enable regulators and medical-use licensees to ensure that personnel have met NRC requirements for training and experience.

Specialty Board Certification Process Specialty Area Sample Certificate for Date Range Notes
American Board of Health Physics   January 1, 2005 to present  
 
American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine Nuclear Medicine Physics and Instrumentation June 2006 to present  
Radiation Protection June 2006 to present  
 
American Board of Radiology Diagnostic Radiologic Physics June 2007 to June 2010 The words "RSO Eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.
Diagnostic Medical Physics May 2011 to May 2012

The words "RSO Eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.

Certificates issued from May 2012 forward will initially be recognized for 4 years from the date of issuance and after the 4-year period, the ABR web site should be checked to ensure that the individual is still certified. The ABR monitors the certification status of its diplomates and posts this information on its web site for all individuals including those certified after 2012.

May 2012 to May 2013
May 2013 to May 2019
May 2019 to present
Medical Nuclear Physics June 2007 to June 2010 The words "RSO Eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.
Nuclear Medical Physics May 2011 to May 2012

The words "RSO Eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.

Certificates issued from May 2012 forward will initially be recognized for 4 years from the date of issuance and after the 4-year period, the ABR web site should be checked to ensure that the individual is still certified. The ABR monitors the certification status of its diplomates and posts this information on its web site for all individuals including those certified after 2012.

May 2012 to May 2013
May 2013 to May 2019
May 2019 to present
 
American Board of Medical Physics Medical Health Physics 2010 to present The words "RSO Eligible" must be on the certificate.

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35.51 Training for an Authorized Medical Physicist

The following are specialty boards whose certification process have been recognized by the Commission or an Agreement State and meet the NRC requirements in 10 CFR 35.51, "Training for an authorized medical physicist."

As part of the NRC-recognition process, the specialty boards submit a sample certificate for each recognized specialty area.  The certificates are only applicable to the NRC-licensing process when they are issued within the date range.  If the certificate or the specialty board process changes, then an updated NRC-recognized sample certificate is listed below.  The following chart is provided to enable regulators and medical-use licensees to ensure that personnel have met NRC requirements for training and experience.

Specialty Board Certification Process Specialty Area Sample Certificate for Date Range Notes
American Board of Radiology Therapeutic Radiologic Physics June 2007 to June 2010

"AMP Eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.

This also satisfies 10 CFR 35.50(c)(1) for Radiation Safety Officer and Associate Radiation Officer authorizations.

Therapeutic Medical Physics May 2011 to May 2012

"AMP Eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.

This also satisfies 10 CFR 35.50(c)(1) for Radiation Safety Officer and Associate Radiation Officer authorizations.

The certificates issued after May 2012 will initially be recognized for 4 years from the date of issuance.  After the 4-year period, the ABR web site should be checked to ensure that the individual is still certified. The ABR monitors the certification status of its diplomates and posts this information on its web site for all individuals.

May 2012 to May 2013
May 2013 to May 2019
May 2019 to present
 
Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine Radiation Oncology Physics January 2009 to present This also satisfies 10 CFR 35.50(c)(1) for Radiation Safety Officer and Associate Radiation Officer authorizations.

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35.55 Training for an Authorized Nuclear Pharmacist

The following are specialty boards whose certification process have been recognized by the Commission or an Agreement State and meet the NRC requirements in 10 CFR 35.55, "Training for an authorized nuclear pharmacist."

As part of the NRC-recognition process, the specialty boards submit a sample certificate for each recognized specialty area. The certificates are only applicable to the NRC-licensing process when they are issued within the date range. If the certificate or the specialty board process changes, then an updated NRC-recognized sample certificate is listed below.  The following chart is provided to enable regulators and medical-use licensees to ensure that personnel have met NRC requirements for training and experience.

Specialty Board Certification Process Specialty Area Sample Certificate for Date Range Notes
Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist March 6, 1996 to December 2009  
Board of Pharmacy Specialties December 2010 to present  

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35.190 Training for Uptake, Dilution, and Excretion Studies

The following are medical specialty boards whose certification process have been recognized by the Commission or an Agreement State and meet the NRC requirements in 10 CFR 35.190, "Training for uptake, dilution, and excretion studies."

As part of the NRC-recognition process, the medical specialty boards submit a sample certificate for each recognized specialty area. The certificates are only applicable to the NRC-licensing process when they are issued within the date range. If the certificate or the medical specialty board process changes, then an updated NRC-recognized sample certificate is listed below.  The following chart is provided to enable regulators and medical-use licensees to ensure that personnel have met NRC requirements for training and experience.

Medical Specialty Board Certification Process Specialty Area Sample Certificate for Date Range Notes
American Board of Nuclear Medicine Nuclear Medicine October 20, 2005 to 2007 "United States" must appear under the certification number.
2007 to present
 
Certification Board of Nuclear Endocrinology Nuclear Endocrinology—Low Dose 2013 to present The NRC does not recognize certificates that include "Hereby certifies with the designation of Grandfathered."
Nuclear Endocrinology—High Dose 2013 to present

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35.290 Training for Imaging and Localization Studies

The following are medical specialty boards whose certification process have been recognized by the Commission or an Agreement State and meet the NRC requirements in 10 CFR 35.290, "Training for imaging and localization studies."

As part of the NRC-recognition process, the medical specialty boards submit a sample certificate for each recognized specialty area.  The certificates are only applicable to the NRC-licensing process when they are issued within the date range.  If the certificate or the medical specialty board process changes, then an updated NRC-recognized sample certificate is listed below.  The following chart is provided to enable regulators and medical-use licensees to ensure that personnel have met NRC requirements for training and experience.

Medical Specialty Board Certification Process Specialty Area Sample Certificate for Date Range Notes
Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology Nuclear Cardiology 2000 to 2006 The wording "for Physicians Residing in the United States" must appear on the certificate.
2006 to 2012 The wording "for Physicians trained in the United States" must appear on the certificate.
2012 to 2013
Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, a Division of the Council for Certification in Cardiovascular Imaging 2013 to 2017
Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, Part of the Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement™ Medical Specialty Boards and Certification Programs 2017 to present
 
American Board of Nuclear Medicine Nuclear Medicine October 20, 2005 to 2007 "United States" must appear under the certification number.
2007 to present
 
American Osteopathic Board of Radiology Diagnostic Radiology July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2002  
July 1, 2002 to May 16, 2015

All certificates issued beginning July 1, 2002 have a 10-year time limit from their date of issuance. AOBR issues subsequent 10-year certificates to document that an individual completed Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements and is recertified.  For individuals applying to become authorized users after expiration of the initial 10-year certificate, it is necessary to submit both the initial certificate and the current recertification certificate.

From May 17, 2015 to present, the words "AU Eligible" must appear above the D.O. symbol.

May 17, 2015 to present
 
American Osteopathic Board of Nuclear Medicine Nuclear Medicine May 18, 2006 to present  
 
American Board of Radiology Diagnostic Radiology June 2006 to July 2012

The words "AU eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.

After May 2012, the certificates will be recognized for 4 years from the date of issuance and after the 4-year period, the ABR web site should be checked to ensure that the individual is still certified. The ABR monitors the certification status of its diplomates and posts this information on its web site.

July 2012 to July 2013
July 2013 to October 2018
October 2018 to present
Interventional Radiology / Diagnostic Radiology March 2021 to present

The words "AU eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.

The certificates will be recognized for 4 years from the date of issuance and after the 4-year period, the ABR web site should be checked to ensure that the individual is still certified.  The ABR monitors the certification status of its diplomates and posts this information on its web site.

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35.390 Training for Use of Unsealed Byproduct Material for which a Written Directive is Required

The following are medical specialty boards whose certification process have been recognized by the Commission or an Agreement State and meet the NRC requirements in 10 CFR 35.390, "Training for use of unsealed byproduct material for which a written directive is required."

As part of the NRC-recognition process, the medical specialty boards submit a sample certificate for each recognized specialty area.  The certificates are only applicable to the NRC-licensing process when they are issued within the date range.  If the certificate or the medical specialty board process changes, then an updated NRC-recognized sample certificate is listed below.  The following chart is provided to enable regulators and medical-use licensees to ensure that personnel have met NRC requirements for training and experience.

Medical Specialty Board Certification Process Specialty Area Sample Certificate for Date Range Notes
American Board of Nuclear Medicine Nuclear Medicine* October 20, 2005 to 2007 The words "United States" must appear under the certification number.
2007 to present
 
American Board of Radiology Radiation Oncology* June 2007 to May 2012

The words "AU eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.

After May 2012, the certificate will be recognized for 4 years from the date of issuance and after the 4-year period, the ABR web site should be checked to ensure that the individual is still certified. The ABR monitors the certification status of its diplomates and posts this information on its web site.

May 2012 to May 2013
May 2013 to May 2019
May 2019 to present
 
American Osteopathic Board of Radiology Radiation Oncology* May 1, 2007 to present All certifications issued beginning May 1, 2007 have a 10-year time limit from their date of issuance.

*Diplomates of this medical specialty board also satisfy the training and experience requirements in 10 CFR 35.392 and 35.394.

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§35.392 Training for Oral Administration of Sodium Iodide (I-131) Requiring a Written Directive in Quantities ≤ 33 millicuries

The following are medical specialty boards whose certification process have been recognized by the Commission or an Agreement State and meet the NRC requirements in 10 CFR 35.392, "Training for the oral administration of sodium iodide I–131 requiring a written directive in quantities less than or equal to 1.22 gigabecquerels (33 millicuries)."  Diplomates of medical specialty boards recognized under 35.390 and 35.394 also satisfy the training and experience requirements in 10 CFR 35.392 when indicated.

As part of the NRC-recognition process, the medical specialty boards submit a sample certificate for each recognized specialty area.  The certificates are only applicable to the NRC-licensing process when they are issued within the date range.  If the certificate or the medical specialty board process changes, then an updated NRC-recognized sample certificate is listed below.  The following chart is provided to enable regulators and medical-use licensees to ensure that personnel have met NRC requirements for training and experience.

Medical Specialty Board Certification Process Specialty Area Sample Certificate for Date Range Notes
American Osteopathic Board of Radiology Diagnostic Radiology July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2002  
July 1, 2002 to May 16, 2015

All certificates issued beginning July 1, 2002 have a 10-year time limit from their date of issuance. AOBR issues subsequent 10-year certificates to document that an individual completed Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements and is recertified.  For individuals applying to be authorized users after expiration of the initial 10-year certificate, it is necessary to submit both the initial certificate and the current recertification certificate.

After May 17, 2015, the words "AU Eligible" must appear above the D.O. symbol.

May 17, 2015 to present
 
American Board of Radiology Diagnostic Radiology June 2006 to July 2012

The words "AU eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.

After May 2012, the certificates will be recognized for 4 years from the date of issuance and after the 4-year period, the ABR web site should be checked to ensure that the individual is still certified. The ABR monitors the certification status of its diplomates and posts this information on its web site.

July 2012 to July 2013
July 2013 to October 2018
October 2018 to present
 
Certification Board of Nuclear Endocrinology Nuclear Endocrinology—Low Dose 2013 to present The NRC does not recognize the CBNE certification process that awards certificates that say, "Hereby certifies with the designation of Grandfathered."

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§35.394 Training for Oral Administration of Sodium Iodide (I-131) Requiring a Written Directive in Quantities > 33 millicuries

The following are medical specialty boards whose certification process have been recognized by the Commission or an Agreement State and meet the NRC requirements in 10 CFR 35.394, "Training for the oral administration of sodium iodide I–131 requiring a written directive in quantities greater than 1.22 gigabecquerels (33 millicuries)."  Diplomates of medical specialty boards recognized under 35.390 also satisfy the training and experience requirements in 10 CFR 35.394 when indicated. Diplomates of medical specialty boards recognized under 35.394 also satisfy the training and experience requirements in 10 CFR 35.392 when indicated.

As part of the NRC-recognition process, the medical specialty boards submit a sample certificate for each recognized specialty area.  The certificates are only applicable to the NRC-licensing process when they are issued within the date range.  If the certificate or the medical specialty board process changes, then an updated NRC-recognized sample certificate is listed below.  The following chart is provided to enable regulators and medical-use licensees to ensure that personnel have met NRC requirements for training and experience.

Medical Specialty Board Certification Process Specialty Area Sample Certificate for Date Range Notes
American Board of Radiology Diagnostic Radiology June 2011 to July 2012

The words "AU Eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.

After July 2012, certificates should be recognized for 4 years from the date of issuance and after the 4-year period, the ABR web site should be checked to ensure that the individual is still certified. The ABR monitors the certification status of its diplomates and posts this information on its web site for all individuals.

July 2012 to July 2013
July 2013 to October 2018
October 2018 to present
Interventional Radiology / Diagnostic Radiology March 2021 to present

The words "AU eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.

The certificates will be recognized for 4 years from the date of issuance and after the 4-year period, the ABR web site should be checked to ensure that the individual is still certified.  The ABR monitors the certification status of its diplomates and posts this information on its web site.
 
Certification Board of Nuclear Endocrinology Nuclear Endocrinology—High Dose 2013 to present The NRC does not recognize CBNE certificates that say, "Hereby certifies with the designation of Grandfathered."
 
American Osteopathic Board of Radiology Diagnostic Radiology May 17, 2015 to present

The words "AU Eligible" must appear above the D.O. symbol.

All certificates issued beginning May 17, 2015 have a 10-year time limit from their date of issuance.  AOBR issues subsequent 10-year certificates to document that an individual completed Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements and is recertified.  For individuals applying to become authorized users after expiration of the initial 10-year certificate, it is necessary to submit both the initial certificate and the current recertification certificate.

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35.490 Training for Use of Manual Brachytherapy Sources

The following are medical specialty boards whose certification process have been recognized by the Commission or an Agreement State and meet the NRC requirements in 10 CFR 35.490, "Training for use of manual brachytherapy sources."

As part of the NRC-recognition process, the medical specialty boards submit a sample certificate for each recognized specialty area.  The certificates are only applicable to the NRC-licensing process when they are issued within the date range.  If the certificate or the medical specialty board process changes, then an updated NRC-recognized sample certificate is listed below.  The following chart is provided to enable regulators and medical-use licensees to ensure that personnel have met NRC requirements for training and experience.

Medical Specialty Board Certification Process Specialty Area Sample Certificate for Date Range Notes
American Board of Radiology Radiation Oncology June 2007 to May 2012

The words "AU Eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.

Certificates issued after May 2012 should be recognized for 4 years from the date of issuance and after the 4-year period, the ABR web site should be checked to ensure that the individual is still certified. The ABR monitors the certification status of its diplomates and posts this information on its web site for all individuals including those certified after 2012.

May 2012 to May 2013
May 2013 to May 2019
May 2019 to present
 
American Osteopathic Board of Radiology Radiation Oncology May 1, 2007 to present All certifications issued beginning May 1, 2007 have a 10-year time limit from their date of issuance.

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§35.590 Training for Use of Sealed Sources and Medical Devices for Diagnosis

None

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35.690 Training for Use of Remote Afterloader Units, Teletherapy Units, and Gamma Stereotactic Radiosurgery Units

The following are medical specialty boards whose certification process have been recognized by the Commission or an Agreement State and meet the NRC requirements in 10 CFR 35.690, "Training for use of remote afterloader units, teletherapy units, and gamma stereotactic radiosurgery units."

As part of the NRC-recognition process, the medical specialty boards submit a sample certificate for each recognized specialty area.  The certificates are only applicable to the NRC-licensing process when they are issued within the date range.  If the certificate or the medical specialty board process changes, then an updated NRC-recognized sample certificate is listed below.  The following chart is provided to enable regulators and medical-use licensees to ensure that personnel have met NRC requirements for training and experience.

Medical Specialty Board Certification Process Specialty Area Sample Certificate for Date Range Notes
American Board of Radiology Radiation Oncology June 2007 to May 2012

The words "AU eligible" must appear above the ABR seal.

The certificates issued after May 2012 will initially be recognized for 4 years from the date of issuance and after the 4-year period, the ABR web site should be checked to ensure that the individual is still certified. The ABR monitors the certification status of its diplomates and posts this information on its web site for all individuals including those certified after 2012.

May 2012 to May 2013
May 2013 to May 2019
May 2019 to present
 
American Osteopathic Board of Radiology Radiation Oncology May 1, 2007 to present All certifications issued beginning May 1, 2007 have a 10-year time limit from their date of issuance.

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Specialty Boards Contacting the NRC

The specialty boards should officially contact the Division of Materials Safety, Security, State, and Tribal Programs (MSST) for the submission of an application, notification of any program or process changes (including name changes and changes to the certificate), and prior to the termination of the board. Official communications should be signed by a person authorized to speak for the board (i.e., its chief executive officer or designee) and should be on official letterhead.

Letter Addressee

Director
Division of Materials Safety, Security, State, and Tribal Programs
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

Attention: Chief, Medical Safety & Events Assessment Branch

By mail

For delivery services requiring a street address, mail to:

Director
Division of Materials Safety, Security, State, and Tribal Programs
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
11545 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852-2738

Attention: Chief, Medical Safety & Events Assessment Branch, Mail Stop T5B60

By e-mail

MedicalQuestions.Resource@nrc.gov

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