Advisory Committees

The N.C. Radiation Protection Commission has six advisory committees. Commission members may serve on any committee. Non-commission members require an annual appointment/re-appointment letter. The advisory committees schedule their meetings between March-June following the February regular scheduled commission meeting and August-November following the July regular scheduled commission meeting or sooner called by the Commission Chair.

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.


Microsoft Teams Meeting Emergency Response Advisory Committee:

Date

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Time: 9 am

Committee Members
Graham T. Johnson, CHP, Chair   SGT Joseph Sharlow
Elizabeth M. Franklin, MS, DABMP, DABR   Terri Richards
Valerie Lott, MPH, REHS   James Sawyer, PE
Bruce Akers, DVM   David C. Howell
David A. Thompson, CHIP    

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 the only committee 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. 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.

Monthly Microsoft Teams Meeting Non-Ionizing Advisory Committee

Date

Committee Members
Roger C. Sit, PhD, CHP, Chair   Ben E. Edwards, MS, CLSO, CHP
Carl F. Blackman, Ph.D.   Lee McKinney, CIH, CSP
Larry Burk, MD, CEHP

Radioactive Materials Control Advisory Committee

This 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 rulemaking authority in this area is defined by an agreement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The committee is supported by the Low Level Radioactive Waste Subcommittee that assists with issues and rule drafting in the areas of radioactive waste generation, transport and disposal. It is also supported by the Environmental Surveillance Subcommittee that assess and make recommendations to radiological environmental surveillance programs in industry, government, and academia and provides information on radiological environmental surveillance to interested members of the public and other stakeholders. The Radioactive Materials Control Advisory Committee consists of five commission members.

Radioactive Materials Control Advisory Committee Bimonthly Microsoft Teams Meeting:

Date

Thursday January 14, 2021
Thursday March 11, 2021
Thursday May 20, 2021
Thursday July 15, 2021
Thursday September 23, 2021
Thursday November 18, 2021

Time 9:00 am

Committee Members
Carmine M. Plott, Ph.D., CHP, DABR, Chair Holly J. Burge, M.D.
Graham T. Johnson, CHP Jerry Hightower, III, MS, DABMP, DABR
Robert E. Reiman, MD, MSPH  

Industrial Radiography Users Working Group

Graham T. Johnson, CHP, Chair

The Industrial Radiography Users Working Group has been established to review existing rules that apply to the use of radioactive materials and electronic products in the use of radiation for nondestructive testing of construction materials and materials detection, and if deemed necessary, to propose new rules to the Radioactive Materials Control Advisory Committee and the X-Ray Surveillance Advisory Committee for consideration. All proposed rules should be compatible with applicable federal regulations of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, accepted industry national standards, and should support the National Materials Program.

Working Group Members
Benjamin G. Midyette, Jr., MS, Physicist
Matthew W. Moles
Steve Fowler
Jerry Sandoval, RSO

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.

Monthly Microsoft Teams Meeting Medical Accelerator Working Group:

Date

Thursday January 21, 2021
Thursday February 18, 2021
Thursday March 18, 2021
Thursday April 15, 2021
Thursday May 20, 2021
Thursday June 17, 2021
Thursday July 15, 2021
Thursday August 19, 2021
Thursday September 16, 2021
Thursday October 21, 2021
Thursday November 18, 2021
Thursday December 16, 2021

Time 2:00 pm

Jerry Hightower, III, MS, DABMP, DABR, Chair

Working Group Members
Carmine Plott, PhD, CHP, DABR   Roger Sit, PhD, CHP
Steven L. McLawhorn, PhD, DABR   Benjamin Sintay, PhD, DABR
Stephanie Parker, MS, DABR, CSSGB   Tobin C. Hyman, MS

Medical Uses Working Group

Robert E. Reiman, MD, MSPH, Chair

The Medical Users Working Group has been established to review existing rules that apply to the use of radioactive materials in the practice of medicine, and if deemed necessary, to propose new rules to the Radioactive Materials Control Advisory Committee. All proposed rules should be compatible with applicable federal regulations of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and should support the National Materials Program.

Working Group Members
Carmine Plott, PhD, CHP, DABR
Brian Duncan, BS, CNMT
Sharn M. Jeffries, MSPH
Todd Jenkins, MS, DABR
Michael Johnston, CNMT, NMTCB(CT)
Michael Lawrence, PhD, DABR
Stewart “Stew” Little, BS, CNMT, RT(N)(CT)(MR)
Michael Robitaille, PharmD
Paul Stroud, PharmD, Manager

X-Ray Surveillance Advisory Committee

The committee is responsible for issues related to equipment that produces ionizing radiation when energized. This type of equipment is used for patient imaging in hospitals, medical, dental, chiropractic and podiatry offices. It may also be used for industrial applications as well. The committee assists the RPC 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) and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) Suggested State Regulations (SSR). This advisory committee consists of five commission members.

X-ray Surveillance Advisory Committee Bimonthly Microsoft Teams Meeting :

Date

Wednesday February 10, 2021
Wednesday April 21, 2021
Wednesday June 16, 2021
Wednesday August 11, 2021
Wednesday October 20, 2021
Wednesday December 15, 2021

 Time 9:00 am

Committee Members
Carmine M. Plott, Ph.D., CHP, DABR, Chair Holly J. Burge, M.D.
Graham T. Johnson, CHP Jerome Hightower, III, MS, DABMP
Roger Sit, Ph.D., CHP

Dental Working Group

Beth Franklin, MS, DABMP, DABR, Chair, Chair

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.

Working Group Members
John B. Ludlow, DDS Edward J Clemons Jr., DDS, ICOI
William Bruce Howerton Jr., DDS, MS Brandon Johnson
Brett Keen Erika Martin