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The Texas Department of State Health Services, Radiation Control Program, has the important mission to protect and promote the physical and environmental health of the people of Texas. We strive to prevent unnecessary radiation exposure to the public through effective licensing, registration, inspection, enforcement, and emergency response.


Radioactive Material license application submissions 

Licensing staff, as well as other staff, are working from home and minimizing time in the office. To minimize the delays in processing your Radioactive Materials license renewal and amendment applications, please submit your applications through our mailbox at RAMlicensing@dshs.texas.gov.


NOTICE

New Guidelines Recommend End to Gonadal Shielding

Sept. 22, 2021


The Texas Radiation Control Program supports recent recommendations from leading professional and scientific organizations to end routine gonadal shielding during abdominal and pelvic radiography practices. Various research and studies have concluded shielding doesn’t add any benefits and could cover a part of the body that needs to be X-rayed.

The current regulations, 25 TAC §289.227, do not prevent Texas Department of State Health Service registrants from following the new guidelines. When the rules open for update, the Radiation Control Program will add clarifying language to the Texas Administrative Code regarding the guidelines. Registrants are encouraged to update their policies for patient shielding, which includes working with patients not comfortable without shielding during X-ray exposures.

Numerous national organizations have acknowledged the position to end gonadal shielding. Click the following hyperlinks of the various organizations to view their statements on the topic.

For further clarification, email Lisa Bruedigan, unit director of Texas Radiation Control Program, at lisa.bruedigan@dshs.texas.gov.


NOTICE

Update on Covid-19 Waivers for DSHS Industrial Radiographer renewal applications

August 10, 2021


On April 10, 2020 the Office of the Governor approved a temporary suspension to the industrial radiographer renewal rules in 25 TAC §289.255(h)(3)(B) requiring a certification exam for a certification renewal during the COVID-19 disaster response. During this time the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued “timely renewal” approvals to those individuals who still needed to take the certification exam until DSHS was able to resume offering certification testing to the renewal applicants. 

On July 19, 2021, the Office of the Governor terminated the temporary suspension of the DSHS statutes and rules related to the COVID-19 disaster. 
Effective September 1, 2021, DSHS will terminate the “timely renewal” approvals for industrial radiographers who have not yet completed the certification exams. 

What this Means for License Holders: 

Effective September 1, 2021, the “timely renewal” approval letters will expire, and an expired industrial radiographer certification will be treated as an expired certification. 

If you need to take the certification exam in order to complete your certification renewal, please contact Bridget Stephens at Bridget.Stephens@DSHS.texas.gov regarding scheduling an exam. Pearson Vue is conducting the industrial radiographer certification exams through one of their online testing centers.


NOTICE

Industrial Radiographer COVID-19 Renewal Exam Waiver

April 13, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 state of disaster in Texas, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requested and the Office of the Governor granted the following waiver:

Industrial Radiography Personnel License Renewal Extension

In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government code, the Office of the Governor granted DSHS’s request to suspend 25 TAC §289.255(h)(3)(B). This waiver will allow industrial radiography personnel whose license has expired after March 13, 2020, to timely renew their license without taking the industrial radiography exam. The testing requirement for renewals will be suspended for the remainder of the governor’s declared emergency for COVID-19 or until DSHS resumes administering the industrial radiography exams. This rule suspension applies only to industrial radiographer license renewal applicants that have timely submitted the renewal applications and fees.

DSHS will issue a “timely renewal” letter to industrial radiographers who have not completed testing but have submitted timely applications and fees to renew their license. The “timely renewal” letter will allow radiographers to continue operating under their license until the waiver of the rule section is terminated and the testing requirements can be fulfilled.   


NOTICE to Radioactive Material Licensees

On March 19, 2020, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Radiation Control began receiving information that some medical facilities are limiting access to vendors due to restrictions they have implemented because of COVID-19. Those prohibitions include restricting or barring access to licensed medical physicists and contractors who conduct required surveys at authorized radioactive material licensees, which will result in a delay in conducting some physics surveys. 

The Texas regulations on radioactive material (RAM) include various testing and notifications to be conducted to maintain compliance. DSHS supports facilities’ efforts to protect public health and follow the Executive Orders and Declarations issued by Texas Governor Abbott and Texas Commissioner of Health, Dr. Hellerstedt.

DSHS offers the following guidance for registrants to ensure a continuity of radiation safety during COVID-19-related restrictions. 

  • Licensees should continue following the current regulations.
  • If the radiation safety officer or other person responsible for completing a required regulated task is unable to perform his or her duties due to illness, governmental guidance, or orders related to COVID-19, a licensee must make reasonable efforts to find another qualified individual who can timely perform the regulated task.
  • All licensees must document any mitigating factors encountered during this time and make the documentation available to department inspection staff upon request. DSHS will consider extenuating circumstances that are documented when making decisions regarding compliance actions.  

Compliance with the following requirements is required at all times:

  • Reports of lost, stolen or missing radioactive sources
  • Notification of incidents involving radioactive material
  • Notification of exceeding annual dose limits
  • Notification of medical events as described in current Texas regulations 

For facilities that have received a Notice of Violation (NOV):

  • Facilities should respond to the NOV. If facilities are unable to respond in the specified timeframe please contact the reviewer listed in the NOV.
  • Facilities must document reasons corrective action or the response to the NOV was delayed or prevented and provide that documentation to the reviewer at a future date.

Direct your questions to: 

Please check back regularly for updates.  



New Radioactive Material License Format 

As of January 2018, the Texas Department of State Health Services has revised the radioactive material license format and standard license conditions as explained in the following memo and medical use crosswalk.  The updated license formats only apply to licenses issued after January 1, 2018.  
New License Format
Crosswalk of Revised Medical Use, Radioactive Material Listing and Authorized Physician User Uses
 


Important Notice for Licensees Subject to Category 1 and Category 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material (formerly Increased Controls)



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Last updated September 22, 2021