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

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
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 2 PM

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
James Albright, MA, Radiation Protection Section

Date

Thursday December 15, 2022

Time 9:00 am

Industrial Radiography Users' Working Group

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.

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 April 14, 2022
Thursday May 12, 2022
Thursday June 9, 2022
Thursday July 14, 2022
Thursday August 11, 2022
Thursday September 8, 2022
Thursday October 13, 2022
Thursday November 10, 2022
Thursday December 8, 2022

Time 2:00 pm

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 March 17, 2022
Thursday April 21, 2022
Thursday May 19, 2022
Thursday June 16, 2022
Thursday July 21, 2022
Thursday August 18, 2022
Thursday September 15, 2022
Thursday October 20, 2022
Thursday November 17, 2022
Thursday December 15, 2022

Time 2:00 pm

Medical Users' Working Group

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.

Members
Robert Reiman, MSPH, MD, Chair
Carmine Plott, PhD, CHP, DABR
*Brian Duncan, BS, CNMT
*Sharn 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

DHSR Liaison
James Albright, MA, Radiation Protection Section

Date

Tuesday April 5, 2022
Tuesday May 3, 2022
Tuesday June 7, 2022
Tuesday July 5, 2022
Tuesday August 2, 2022
Tuesday September 6, 2022
Tuesday October 4, 2022
Tuesday November 1, 2022
Tuesday December 6, 2022

Time 3:00 pm

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 March 23, 2022
Wednesday May 18, 2022
Wednesday July 20, 2022
Wednesday September 21, 2022
Wednesday November 16, 2022

 Time 9:00 am

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 March 30, 2022
Wednesday April 27, 2022
Wednesday May 25, 2022
Wednesday June 29, 2022
Wednesday July 27, 2022
Wednesday August 31, 2022
Wednesday September 28, 2022
Wednesday October 26, 2022
Wednesday November 30, 2022

Time 9:00 am