Advisory Committees

The N.C. Radiation Protection Commission has four standing Advisory Committees that are each chaired by a Commission member. Any Commission member may serve on any of the Advisory Committees. Furthermore, non-Commission members (*) are appointed/re-appointed annually to these Committees by the Commission Chair.

Meetings are called by the Committee Chair and are conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams. For information regarding meetings, please contact the Radiation Protection Section Executive Assistant at 919-814-2250.

Emergency Response Advisory Committee

This committee is responsible for advising the Radiation Protection Commission (RPC) in matters related to the Radiation Protection Section's emergency preparedness and response activities, in coordination with the Division of Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Public Safety and other emergency response agencies.

Members
Graham Johnson, CHP, Chair
Beth Franklin, MS
William Ray
David Rittlinger, PE, LEED AP
James Sawyer, PE
Mark Venters, MBA
*First Sergeant Joseph Sharlow
*Valerie Lott, MPH, REHS
*David Howell
*Bruce Akers, DVM
*David Thompson, CHP
*Jay Royster

DHSR Liaison
William Jeffries, RRPT, Radiation Protection Section

Next Meeting Date and Time: Wednesday January 17, 2024, at 2 pm

Non-Ionizing Advisory Committee

This Committee supports the Commission by studying a wide spectrum of non-ionizing radiation issues ranging from lasers to electric and magnetic fields. To date, its only recommendation for rulemaking was for regulation of tanning facilities. The Committee continues to focus most attention on wireless technologies and low-frequency electric magnetic fields associated with electric transmission lines and emerging technologies such as 5G. The Committee works with interested citizens and the regulated community, including the Utility Commission, the Tanning Community (registrants and stakeholders) and others to address emerging public, occupational, or environmental concerns related to non-ionizing radiation.

Members
Roger Sit, PhD, CHP, Chair
Carmine Plott, PhD, CHP, DABR
*Larry Burk, MD, CEHP
*Ben Edwards, MS, CLSO, CHP
*Ritchie Buschow, MEM, CLSO

DHSR Liaison
Catherine Rosfjord, Radiation Protection Section

Next Meeting Date and Time: Friday September 22, 2023, at 1 pm

Rulemaking: For information on Commission rulemaking activities, including proposed rule changes and the schedule for the Public Comment Period, Public Hearing, and Effective Date, please visit https://info.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/ruleactions.html.

Taylor Corpening, Rulemaking Coordinator, 809 Ruggles Drive, 2701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2701 or by email at [email protected]

Radioactive Materials Control Advisory Committee

The Radioactive Materials Control Advisory Committee deals with issues and rule drafting related to general radiation protection standards and licensing of radioactive materials and accelerators. Much of the Commission’s rule making authority in these areas is defined by an agreement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Members
Carmine Plott, PhD, CHP, DABR, Chair
Holly Burge, MD
Jerry Hightower, MS, DABMP, DABR
Graham Johnson, CHP
Roger Sit, PhD, CHP
Robert Reiman, MSPH, MD

DHSR Liaison
Louis Brayboy, RAM Branch Manager
James Albright, MA, Radiation Protection Section

Date

Thursday, January 11, 2024
Thursday, March 14, 2024
Thursday, May 9, 2024
Thursday, July 11, 2024
Thursday, September 12, 2024
Thursday, November 14, 2024

Time 9:00 am

Rulemaking: For information on Commission rulemaking activities, including proposed rule changes and the schedule for the Public Comment Period, Public Hearing, and Effective Date, please visit https://info.ncdhhs.gov/dhsr/ruleactions.html.

Taylor Corpening, Rulemaking Coordinator, 809 Ruggles Drive, 2701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2701 or by email at [email protected]

Medical Accelerators Working Group

The Medical Accelerator Working Group has been established to review existing rules that apply to the use of electronic product radiation in medical radiation therapy, and if deemed necessary, propose new rules to the Radioactive Materials Advisory Committee. All proposed rules should be compatible with applicable federal regulations. Guidance documents published by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD), the American College of Radiology (ACR), the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and the National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements (NCRP) will also be used to develop new regulations specific to electronic product radiation in medical radiation therapy.

Members
Jerry Hightower, MS, DABMP, DABR, Chair
Carmine Plott, PhD, CHP, DABR
Roger Sit, PhD, CHP
*Tobin Hyman, MS, DABR
*Stephanie Parker, MS, DABR, CSSGB
*Steven McLawhorn, PhD, DABR
*Benjamin Sintay, PhD, DABR

DHSR Liaison
James Albright, MA, Radiation Protection Section

Date

Thursday, January 18, 2024
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Thursday, April 18, 2024
Thursday, May 16, 2024
Thursday, June 20, 2024
Thursday, July 18, 2024
Thursday, August 15, 2024
Thursday, September 19, 2024
Thursday, October 17, 2024
Thursday, November 21, 2024
Thursday, December 19, 2024

Time 2:00 pm

Rulemaking: This working group is developing rules for medical accelerators. Rules impacted include (but are not limited to) .0609 and .0901 through .0910.

Taylor Corpening, Rulemaking Coordinator, 809 Ruggles Drive, 2701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2701 or by email at [email protected]

X-Ray Surveillance Advisory Committee

The X-Ray Surveillance Advisory Committee is responsible for issues related to equipment that produces ionizing radiation when energized. This type of equipment may be used for patient imaging in hospitals, medical, dental, chiropractic and podiatry offices. It may also be used for industrial applications. The committee assists the Commission by recommending the establishment of rules that are compatible with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) including the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) of 1992 (21 CFR 900) as well as the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) Suggested State Regulations (SSR).

Members
Beth Franklin, MS, DABMP, DABR, Chair
Holly Burge, MD
John Davis, DC, CCNA, CCEP
Jerry Hightower, MS, DABMP, DABR
John Ludlow, DDS, MS, FDSRCS(Ed)
Carmine Plott, PhD, CHP, DABR
*Robert “Phil” Blackman, MEd, RT(R)

DHSR Liaison
Denise Cloninger, BSMI, RT(R)(CT)(QM), Radiation Protection Section
Regina Kissinger, R.T.(R) (M) ARRT, Staff Liaison

Date

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Wednesday, September 18, 2024
Wednesday, November 20, 2024

Time 9:00 am

Rulemaking: This Committee is tasked with the oversite for the rule making process of both the healing and non-healing arts devices in the State of North Carolina. Committee members provide guidance to each working group and review the rule writing process then presents these rules as proposals to the Radiation Protection Commission. Currently there are two working groups, the dental working group and the industrial radiography working group. Rulemaking is broken down into “Phases” to manage the effort. Currently the Committee is working on the following Phases:

Phase 4 - includes Rules 10A NCAC 15 .0501-.0517 and .0519 - .0525.

Phase 6 - includes Rules 10A NCAC 15 .0801 - .0808.

Phase 10 - includes Rules 10A NCAC 15 .0601 - .0608 and .0610 - .0611.

Taylor Corpening, Rulemaking Coordinator, 809 Ruggles Drive, 2701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2701 or by email at [email protected]

Dental Working Group

The Dental Working Group has been established to review current rules and propose new rules that impact the use of dental x-ray equipment. All proposed rules should be compatible with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR), the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) and Suggested State Regulations (SSR). The Working Group will present the proposed rules to the X-ray Surveillance Advisory Committee for final review.

Members
Beth Franklin, MS, DABMP, DABR, Chair
*Peter Green, DMD, MS
John Ludlow, DDS, MS, FDSRCS(Ed)
Carmine Plott, PhD, CHP, DABR
*William Bruce Howerton Jr, DDS, MS
*Brandon Johnson
*Brett Keen
*Erika Martin
*Todd Schuette

DHSR Liaison
Denise Cloninger, BSMI, RT(R)(CT)(QM), Radiation Protection Section
Regina Kissinger, R.T.(R) (M) ARRT, Staff Liaison

Date

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Wednesday, August 28, 2024
Wednesday, September 25, 2024
Wednesday, October 23, 2024
Wednesday November 27, 2024 - Cancelled

Time 9:00 am

Rulemaking: This working group is developing rules for x-ray equipment utilized in dental medicine and oral medicine. Rules impacted include (but are not limited to) .0601 through .0604, .0607 and .0611.

Taylor Corpening, Rulemaking Coordinator, 809 Ruggles Drive, 2701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2701 or by email at [email protected]

Industrial Radiography Working Group

The Industrial Radiography Working Group has been established to review existing rules that apply to the use of radiation generating devices used for nondestructive testing. If deemed necessary, propose new rules to the .0800 Section for radiation generating devices and new technology. Proposed new rules will be submitted to The X-Ray Surveillance Advisory Committee for consideration. All proposed rules should be compatible with applicable federal regulations, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, IEC and ANSI Standards and should support the accepted industry national standards.

Members
Graham Johnson, CHP, Chair
Beth Franklin, MS, DABMP, DABR
Carmine Plott, PhD, CHP, DABR
*Steve Fowler
*Benjamin Midyette, Jr, MS
*Jerry Sandoval, RSO

DHSR Liaisons
James Albright, MA, Radiation Protection Section
Denise Cloninger, BSMI, RT(R)(CT)(QM), Radiation Protection Section

Date

Thursday, January 11, 2024
Thursday, February 8, 2024
Thursday, March 14, 2024
Thursday, April 11, 2024
Thursday, May 9, 2024
Thursday, June 13, 2024
Thursday, July 11, 2024
Thursday, August 8, 2024
Thursday, September 12, 2024
Thursday, October 10, 2024
Thursday, November 14, 2024
Thursday, December 12, 2024

Time 2:00 pm

Rulemaking: This working group developed rules for industrial radiography x-ray machines and is now developing rules for radiation generating devices impacted by .0801 through .0808.

Taylor Corpening, Rulemaking Coordinator, 809 Ruggles Drive, 2701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2701 or by email at [email protected]