Radiation Safety

Getting Authorized

Non-Human Use
The U-M Radiation Policy Committee (RPC) will accept applications to use radioactive materials from members of the academic or research faculties at the University of Michigan. Persons with the job titles of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor, Research Scientist, Associate Research Scientist, Assistant Research Scientist or Research Investigator are welcome to submit applications for approval to use radioactive materials in conjunction with their responsibilities at the University. Requests for exceptions to this policy must be fully justified in writing and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  1. Faculty members intending to become Authorized Users of radioactive material must first be approved by the University of Michigan Radiation Policy Committee (RPC). Faculty intending to apply for approval for non-human use of radioactive materials must complete and submit to Radiation Safety Service (RSS) an Application for Authorization to Use Radioactive Material (RSS-101 form). In addition, the RPC must approve significant amendments to existing authorizations before Authorized Users can implement the changes to protocols. The Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) may grant temporary approval to new and amendment applications pending final approval by the RPC.
  2. In general, applicants to become Authorized Users (non-human use) must have, at a minimum, 40 hours of previous training and experience in the safe use and handling of radioactive materials of the type and quantity that will be requested in the application.
  3. Authorized Users are responsible for:
    • Ensuring the safe performance of authorized activities, security and control of radioactive materials, and compliance with regulations;
    • Maintaining complete, accurate, and current radiation safety records as required by the NRC, RPC and RSS;
    • Complying with current NRC regulations and U-M radiological safety and emergency protocols;
    • Instructing individuals under their supervision in the proper handling, monitoring, storage, and disposal of radioactive materials; and
    • Ensuring supervised individuals using radioactive materials have received radiological safety training from RSS
  4. All personnel intending to work with radioactive material must complete and submit to RSS a Statement of Training & Experience form (RSS-101A).
  5. All personnel intending to work with radioactive material must be informed of potential radiation hazards, radiological safety protocols, and applicable regulatory compliance issues. This information can be obtained by attending a scheduled Radiation Safety Orientation Course or a special in-house session conducted by a Radiation Safety Service (RSS) health physicist. Retraining will be required annually.
  6. Notify RSS prior to establishing, relocating, or vacating a radioactive material laboratory. All new labs must be approved by the RPC and all vacated laboratories must be officially decommissioned by RSS. The RSO may grant temporary approval of location changes pending final approval by the RPC.

Human Use
Research investigators seeking approval to use radioactive materials in human research subjects must now enter the eResearch application system and submit an electronic application. The eResearch system will route the application to the RDRC/SHUR “Ancillary Committee” for review. Contact Radiation Safety Service (764-6200) for assistance in completing Section 21 of the eResearch application (RDRC/SHUR – Ionizing Radiation Information).

The human use approval process is different from that for non-human use and is necessarily more complex. Radioactive materials must only be administered to humans by or under the direct supervision of physicians meeting the significant training and experience requirements in Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 35.