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.

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.

Non-Ionizing Advisory Committee Teleconference Meeting:

Date
Tuesday July 7, 2020

Time 9:00 am

Location
5505 Creedmoor Road
Conference Room 144
Raleigh, NC

Committee Members
Roger C. Sit, PhD, CHP, Chair   Ben E. Edwards, MS, CLSO, CHP
Carl F. Blackman, Ph.D.   James E. Geddie, PhD
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 Teleconference Meeting:

Date
Tuesday September 22, 2020
Tuesday November 17, 2020

Time 9:00 am

Location
5505 Creedmoor Road
Conference Room 144
Raleigh, NC

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    

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.

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 Accelerator Working Group Bimonthly Teleconference Meetings:

Date
Thursday July 16, 2020
Thursday August 20, 2020
Thursday September 17, 2020
Thursday October 15, 2020
Thursday November 19, 2020
Thursday December 17, 2020

Time 2:00 pm

Location
5505 Creedmoor Road
Conference Room 144
Raleigh, NC

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 Teleconference Meeting:

Date
Tuesday June 23, 2020
Tuesday August 18, 2020
Tuesday October 20, 2020

Time 9:00 am

Location
5505 Creedmoor Road
Conference Room 144
Raleigh, NC

Committee Members
Elizabeth M. Franklin, MS, DABMP, DABR, Chair   Holly Burge, M.D.
Paul Davis, D.C.   John B. Ludlow, D.D.S.
Jerome Hightower, III, MS, DABMP   Robert Phil Blackman, MEd, RT(R)

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

Dental Working Group Bimonthly Teleconference Meeting:

Date
Wednesday June 24, 2020
Wednesday July 22, 2020
Wednesday August 26, 2020
Wednesday September 30, 2020
Wednesday October 28, 2020
Wednesday November 18, 2020
Wednesday December 30, 2020

Time 9:00 am

Location
5505 Creedmoor Road
Conference Room 144
Raleigh, NC