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2. Licenses and Regulations

2.1. Policy

Oregon State University will obtain and maintain all licenses that are necessary or useful for the conduct of the radiation safety program. The University will, insofar as possible, obtain and maintain copies of applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to the Radiation Safety Program.

2.2. State Licenses and Regulations

2.2.1. Radiation-producing machines and radioisotopes (other than fissionable material in quantity) that are used or stored at locations under State of Oregon jurisdiction are subject to provisions of Oregon Rules for the Control of Radiation (ORCR), found in Chapter 333, Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR). At OSU, such radioisotopes are governed by provisions of radioactive materials license ORE-90005, issued to Oregon State University by Radiation Protection Services, Center for Health Protection, Oregon Health Authority, State of Oregon. This license specifies the permitted radioisotopes, chemical forms, quantities, locations, and activities.

 2.2.2. Radioactive material transport, storage and disposal must comply with rules issued by the Oregon Department of Energy, Department of Environmental Quality, and U.S. Department of Transportation.

 2.2.3. Copies of ORCR, other applicable parts of OAR, and license ORE-90005 are in the Radiation Safety Office.

 2.2.4. License ORE-90005 and State regulations are administered for the Radiation Safety Committee by Radiation Safety.

 2.3. Federal Licenses and Regulations

2.3.1. The nuclear reactor and fissionable materials in significant quantities are subject to federal regulations given in various titles of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), particularly 10 CFR (Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations) and 49 CFR (Transportation regulations). The reactor is governed by reactor operating license R-106, issued to OSU by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The license specifies the permitted physical and operating parameters.

 2.3.2. Copies of the license and the pertinent CFR parts are in the OSU Radiation Center and the Radiation Safety Office.

 2.3.3. License R-106 is administered by the Radiation Center management. Other regulations are administered by Radiation Safety for the Radiation Safety Committee.

2.3.4. Use of fissionable material in sufficient quantities other than in the reactor is performed under Special Nuclear Materials license 2013.  The license is administered by Radiation Safety for the Radiation Safety Committee.

 2.4. Reciprocity Agreements

Use of radioisotopes or radiation machines at locations not listed in these licenses can be arranged prior to any study via reciprocity agreements between the State of Oregon and the other jurisdiction involved. The Reciprocity Agreement is arranged by Radiation Safety. However, any fees are the responsibility of the using group.

 2.5. Human Uses

OSU licenses do not permit deliberate application of radioisotopes or of ionizing radiation to humans, except for applications supervised by licensed medical practitioners and performed for diagnosis of medical problems (see OAR 33-100-020(5)). Experimental human uses require license amendments and other provisions that must be obtained via the Radiation Safety Committee, the State of Oregon and approved in addition by the OSU Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects.