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Legal Insights and Perspectives for the Healthcare Industry

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards (NMSS) issued an internal memorandum on April 10 to its regional directors describing a process that could be used to review medical licensees’ requests for temporary exemptions from certain NRC regulations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Enclosed with the memorandum is a template letter that regions can use to streamline granting temporary exemptions.

Also enclosed with the memorandum is a table identifying the regulations NMSS has evaluated and deemed appropriate for temporary exemptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The table includes information that medical licensees could rely on in support of the exemptions that NMSS has concluded would be appropriate for licensees to request. The regulations identified in the table and the activities covered by those regulations are summarized below.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which regulates the medical use of radioactive materials, recently updated guidance for materials licensees with respect to the administration of radioisotopes. In an Up & Atom blog post, Morgan Lewis partner Lewis Csedrik and associate Roland Backhaus address two recent NRC Information Notices on medical events involving overexposure to strontium-82/rubidium-82 generator elution and the administration of YU-90 microspheres, and discuss the NRC’s recommendations to prevent their reoccurrence.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which regulates the medical use of radioactive materials, relies on the Advisory Committee on the Medical Use of Isotopes (ACMUI) to identify and evaluate the common causes of medical events that are reported by licensees. In an Up & Atom blog post, Morgan Lewis partner Lewis Csedrik and associate Roland Backhaus detail the ACMUI’s most recent review of reported medical events and discuss the NRC’s Information Notice with recommendations to prevent their reoccurrence.

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