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V. JacksonUNITED STATESNUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONWASHINGTON, D.C. 20555-0001May 8, 2017The American Board of RadiologyATTN: Valerie P. Jackson, M.D.Executive Director5441 E. Williams CircleTucson, Arizona 85711-7412SUBJECT:AMERICAN BOARD OF RADIOLOGY, REQUEST FOR ADDITIONALINFORMATION REGARDING RECOGNITION OF NEW BOARDCERTIFICATES AND MODIFICATION OF THE CURRENTRECOGNITION OF CERTIFICATION IN DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGYDear Dr. Jackson,I am writing in response to your letter dated September 26, 2016, requesting initial NRCspecialty board recognition of two American Board of Radiology (ABR) certification processes(i.e., for certification in Nuclear Radiology and in Interventional Radiology and DiagnosticRadiology) not currently recognized, and modification of the current recognition of ABRCertification in Diagnostic Radiology. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staffreviewed the information provided regarding your request. In order to continue our review,please provide the following information:1. With regards to your request for initial NRC recognition of the ABR’s Nuclear RadiologyCertificate with the “AU-eligible” designation above the seal for 10 CFR 35.190, 35.290,and 35.300:a. Please provide an explanation of whether your request for recognition under 10CFR 35.300 is for recognition under 10 CFR 35.390.[Note: The training and experience requirements in 10 CFR 35.396 (Training forthe parenteral administration of unsealed byproduct material requiring a writtendirective) only apply to radiation oncologists and not nuclear medicine or radiologyphysicians. The parenteral administration requirements for nuclear medicine andradiology physicians are in 10 CFR 35.390.]Additionally, your letter indicates that the graduates of the Nuclear Radiologytraining pathways are also currently recognized by the American Board of NuclearMedicine (ABNM). Please note that the certification for Nuclear Radiology will notbe recognized based on NRC’s recognition of ABNM. The NRC’s recognition ofthe ABR sub-specialty certification processes will be independently based on theinformation provided that describes the ABR’s processes to determine that itsdiplomates meet all of NRC’s requirements. These processes should not bedependent on another recognized medical specialty board.

V. Jackson-2-b. We reviewed the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Nuclear Radiology, and notedthat the following training and experience criteria in 10 CFR 35.190, 35.290,35.392, and 35.394, are not included:i.Classroom and laboratory training in “Mathematics pertaining to the useand measurement of radioactivity.”ii.Work experience under the supervision of an authorized user involving:-Ordering, receiving, and unpacking radioactive materials safelyand performing the related radiation surveys;-Performing quality control procedures on instruments used todetermine the activity of dosages, and performing checks forproper operation of survey meters;-Calculating, measuring, and safely preparing patient or humanresearch subject dosages;-Using administrative controls to prevent a medical eventinvolving the use of unsealed byproduct material;-Using procedures to contain spilled byproduct material safelyand using proper decontamination procedures;-Administering dosages radioactive drugs (uptake, dilution, andexcretion; imaging and localization; and therapeutic) to patientsor human research subjects; and-Eluting generator systems appropriate for preparation ofradioactive drugs for imaging and localization studies,measuring and testing the eluate for radionuclidic purity, andprocessing the eluate with reagent kits to prepare labeledradioactive drugs.Please confirm and provide documentation that your requirements include thecriteria listed above.c. Page 2 and 3 of your letter references the “examination covering the NRCprescribed training and experience”. Please confirm that this is the boardcertification examination as required by 10 CFR 35.190, 35.290, and 35.390.d. Your letter references “Nuclear Radiology Certificate” throughout. Please confirmthat this phrase refers to the Nuclear Radiology Board Certification.

V. Jackson-3-e. Page 2 of your letter states in part that “all eligible candidates for NuclearRadiology subspecialty certification must meet ACGME program training andexperience requirements which meet or exceed the NRC requirements.” Pleasenote that the ACGME requirements do not necessarily meet the NRCrequirements as described in Item 1.c. and 2. of this letter. Please confirm thateach candidate has training and experience in all of the topics listed in NRC’sregulations.2. We reviewed the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Interventional Radiology, and noted thatthe following training and experience criteria in 10 CFR 35.290, 35.392, and 35.394, arenot included:a. Classroom and laboratory training in “Mathematics pertaining to the use andmeasurement of radioactivity.”b. Work experience under the supervision of an authorized user involving:i.“Administering dosages of imaging and localization radioactive drugs topatients or human research subjects” andii.“Eluting generator systems appropriate for preparation of radioactivedrugs for imaging and localization studies, measuring and testing theeluate for radionuclidic purity, and processing the eluate with reagentkits to prepare labeled radioactive drugs.”Please confirm and provide documentation that your requirements includes the criterialisted above.3. The NRC recognizes that it is common to see training processes that involve web-basedand online training. This web-based and online training may be provided duringstructured in-house training or by external courses. It is the responsibility of the ABR toverify that applicants have the appropriate training and experience and the hoursrequired, and as such, the ABR needs to ensure that individuals that are being boardcertified are also getting the required laboratory training, which is in addition tosupervised work experience. Further, once an hour is counted towards classroomtraining, laboratory training, or supervised work experience, it cannot be used again foranother category, i.e. an hour cannot be counted more than once in the total number ofhours of training and experience in accordance with 10 CFR 35.190, 35.290, and35.390.Please address how the ABR verifies the hours earned and the topics covered whileparticipating in web-based and online training meet the ABR criteria.4. Please describe the ABR validation process for candidates for ABR Certification in moredetail. Specifically, describe how you verify that candidates meet the specificrequirements in 10 CFR 35.190, 35.290, and 35.390 for the Nuclear Radiology

V. Jackson-4-candidates, and in 10 CFR 35.290, 35.392, and 35.394 for the Interventional Radiology /Diagnostic Radiology candidates. [If you depend on a preceptor statement as the soledocumentation that a candidate meets the training and experience requirement, thevalidation process should include review of documentation that forms the basis of thepreceptor statement.] This process should verify that:a. If any of the training was web-based and online, the hours and topics areaccurately accounted for.b. The candidate has the classroom training, laboratory training, and the supervisedwork experience for all the topics listed in the regulations.c. The candidates have the minimum total hours required in the regulation and thateach hour in the total number of hours has not been counted more than once.d. Supervised work experience is provided by the appropriate authorized user.e. If appropriate, the clinical case work for the oral administration of sodium iodide 1131 is completed.5. With regards to your request for removal of the 4-year limitation of the NRC SpecialtyBoard Certification Recognition, please note that the NRC cannot remove the 4-yearlimitation because NRC and Agreement State regulators need to accurately determinean individual’s certification status. However, the NRC will clarify on the NRC websitethat after the 4-year period, the ABR web site needs to be checked to ensure that theindividual is still certified. Additionally, in reviewing the ABR web site, staff noted a“Status” column that mostly includes the word “Valid.” Will the NRC and the AgreementStates be able to use this column and the word “Valid” to determine the boardcertification status of the individual? If so, please confirm whether this is a new systemthat replaces what was described in your letter dated September 26, 2016 (i.e. diplomatecertificates are only invalid if reported as – inactive, expired, lapsed, or revoked) so thatthe NRC and Agreement States could use the ABR web site to ensure that an individualis still certified.6. Please provide updated copies of your “Nuclear Radiology a Subspecialty of DiagnosticRadiology” and “Interventional Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology” certification certificatesmarked with “NOT VALID.” This ensures that what is posted on the NRC website cannotbe modified and presented as official board certifications.

V. Jackson-5-In your response, please note any proprietary information in accordance with 10 CFR 2.390,“Public inspections, exemptions, requests for withholding.” For further information or forquestions, please contact Maryann Ayoade at (301) 415-0862 or via e-mail atMaryann.Ayoade@nrc.gov or Dr. Donna-Beth Howe of my staff at (301) 415-7848 or via e-mailat Donna-Beth.Howe@nrc.gov./RA Douglas Bollock for/Daniel S. Collins, DirectorDivision of Material Safety, State, Tribal,and Rulemaking ProgramsOffice of Nuclear Material Safetyand Safeguards

V. Jackson-6-SUBJECT: AMERICAN BOARD OF RADIOLOGY, REQUEST FOR ADDITIONALINFORMATION REGARDING RECOGNITION OF NEW BOARD CERTIFICATES ANDMODIFICATION OF THE CURRENT RECOGNITION OF CERTIFICATION IN DIAGNOSTICRADIOLOGY May 8, MSTRNMSS/MSTRNAMEMAyoadeDHoweDBollock forMFullerDBollockDBollock 17OFFICIAL RECORD COPY

The American Board of Radiology . ATTN: Valerie P. Jackson, M.D. Executive Director . 5441 E. Williams Circle . Tucson, Arizona 85711-7412 . SUBJECT: AMERICAN BOARD OF RADIOLOGY, REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING RECOGNITION OF NEW BOARD CERTIFICATES AND MODIFICATION OF THE CURRENT . RECOGNITION OF CERTIFICATION IN DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY . Dear Dr. Jackson, I am writing in response to .

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