1.1 Radiation Safety Committees

The University of Iowa’s radiation safety program operates under the management oversight of the Vice President for Research.  Operation of the radiation safety program is delegated to the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) and the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).  The RSC and the RSO have the authority to communicate with, enforce, and direct University personnel regarding radioactive material regulations, license conditions, and University radiation safety policies.  The RSC is comprised of four interrelated committees that function to provide radiation protection program oversight, review, policy development, and radioactive materials use authorization under the management of the Vice President for Research.

Executive Committee

The Radiation Protection Executive Committee is responsible for providing oversight and review of the University’s radiation protection program and establishing radiation safety use and enforcement policies.  The Executive Committee is comprised of representatives of university administration, the Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), the chair and vice-chairpersons of the Basic Science Radiation Protection Committee, the Medical Radiation Protection Committee, and the Hospital Radiation Safety Review Group.

Basic Science Radiation Protection Committee

The Basic Science Radiation Protection Committee (BSRPC) is responsible for the review of applications for non-human use of radioactive materials to ensure that they conform to currently accepted radiation protection practices, regulations, and license conditions.  The Committee also provides radiation protection policy recommendations to the Executive Committee.  The membership of the BSRPC is comprised of authorized radioactive material users from within the University’s Basic and Health Sciences and a representative from EHS.  The chair and vice-chairpersons serve as representatives to the Executive Committee.

Medical Radiation Protection Committee  

The Medical Radiation Protection Committee (MRPC) is responsible for ascertaining that all experimental or research uses of radiation in or on human beings conform to currently accepted radiation protection practices, regulations, and license conditions.  The Committee also provides radiation protection policy recommendations to the Executive Committee. 

The membership of the MRPC is comprised of licensed physicians, individuals with specialized training and knowledge as necessary, and a representative from EHS.  The chair and vice-chairpersons serve as representatives to the Executive Committee.

The membership of the MRPC also serves as the Radioactive Drug Research Committee (RDRC).  The RDRC is responsible for the review and approval of certain proposed uses of radioactive drugs for human research intended to obtain basic information regarding metabolism, dosimetry, human physiology, pathophysiology, or biochemistry, but not for diagnostic or therapeutic use or for clinical trials.

Hospital Radiation Safety Review Group  

The Hospital Radiation Safety Review Group (HRSRG) is responsible for the review of the University Hospital’s radiation protection program.  This includes approving individuals to work in the healing arts as an authorized user, nuclear pharmacist, teletherapy physicist, or radiation safety officer; and proposed uses of radioactive material or radiation producing equipment for healing arts purposes.  The Review Group also provides radiation protection policy recommendations to the Executive Committee.  The membership of the HRSRG is comprised of representatives of the UIHC’s administration, nursing service, licensed physicians, and other individuals with specialized training and knowledge as necessary, and a representative from EHS.  The chair and vice-chairpersons serve as representatives to the Executive Committee.