SNMMI-ACNM Comment on NRC Proposed Revision of Patient Release Guidance

October 4, 2019

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and the American College of Nuclear Medicine recently submitted comments to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on its proposed revision (Revision 1) of the draft regulatory guide DG-8057, “Release of Patients Administered Radioactive Material.”

The proposed guide provides licensees with additional detail to include in instructions for patients before and after they have been administered radioactive material.

Included in proposed Revision 1:

  • Detailed, safety-related information to communicate to patients before and after they have been administered radioactive material for a medical procedure
  • New section on “Death of a Patient Following Radiopharmaceutical or Implants Administration”
  • Revised table for “Dosages of Radiopharmaceuticals That Require Instructions and Records When Administered to Patients Who Are Breastfeeding an Infant or Child”
  • Information covering record-keeping

NRC regulatory guidance documents such as this one describe enforcement methods used by regulators and provide licensees with implementation guidance beyond regulations.