Advisory Committees

The N.C. Radiation Protection Commission has six advisory committees and two working groups. Commission members may serve on any committee. Non-commission members require an annual appointment/re-appointment letter. The advisory committees schedule their meetings between March-June following the February regular scheduled commission meeting and August-November following the July regular scheduled commission meeting or sooner called by the Commission Chair.

Emergency Response Advisory Committee

This committee is responsible for advising the Radiation Protection Commission (RPC) in matters related to the Radiation Protection Section's emergency preparedness and response activities, in coordination with the Division of Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Public Safety and other emergency response agencies. This advisory committee consists of six commission and four non-commission members.

Committee Members
Larry E. Haynes, CHP, Chair   Wayne R. Thomann, DrPH (Ex-Officio)
Elizabeth M. Franklin, MS, DABMP, DABR   Michael A. Sprayberry
Brian Combs, CIH   Joseph A. Memory, IV, FSGT
Karen Beck   David C. Howell
David A. Thompson, CHIP    

Non-Ionizing Advisory Committee

This committee supports the RPC by studying a wide spectrum of non-ionizing radiation issues ranging from lasers to electric and magnetic fields. To date the only committee-recommendation for rulemaking was for the regulation of tanning facilities. The committee continues to focus most attention on low-frequency electric and magnetic fields associated with electric transmission lines. The committee works with interested citizens and the regulation community, including the Utility Commission, Triangle Area Laser Safety Officers (TALSO), the tanning community (registrants and stakeholders) and others to address emerging public, occupational, or environmental concerns related to non-ionizing radiation. This advisory committee consists of two commission and two non-commission members.

Committee Members
Wayne R. Thomann, DrPH, Chair   Ken Kretchman, CSP, CIH
Carl F. Blackman, Ph.D.    

Radioactive Materials Control Advisory Committee

This committee deals with issues and rule drafting related to general radiation protection standards and licensing of radioactive materials and accelerators. Much of the commission's rulemaking authority in this area is defined by an agreement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The committee is supported by the Low Level Radioactive Waste Subcommittee that assists with issues and rule drafting in the areas of radioactive waste generation, transport and disposal. It is also supported by the Environmental Surveillance Subcommittee that assess and make recommendations to radiological environmental surveillance programs in industry, government, and academia and provides information on radiological environmental surveillance to interested members of the public and other stakeholders. The Radioactive Materials Control Advisory Committee consists of five commission members.

Committee Members
Carmine M. Plott, Ph.D., CHP, DABR, Chair   Holly J. Burge, M.D.
Larry E. Haynes, CHP   Jerome Hightower, III, MS, DABMP
Roger Sit, Ph.D., CHP    
Subcommittees
Environmental Surveillance Subcommittee
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Subcommittee

X-Ray Surveillance Advisory Committee

The committee is responsible for issues related to equipment that produces ionizing radiation when energized. This type of equipment is used for patient imaging in hospitals, medical, dental, chiropractic and podiatry offices. It may also be used for industrial applications as well. The committee assists the RPC by recommending the establishment of rules that are compatible with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) including the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) of 1992 (21 CFR 900) and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) Suggested State Regulations (SSR). This advisory committee consists of five commission members.

Committee Members
Elizabeth M. Franklin, MS, DABMP, DABR, Chair   Holly Burge, M.D.
Paul Davis, D.C.   John B. Ludlow, D.D.S.
Jerome Hightower, III, MS, DABMP    

CT Working Group

The CT Working Group has been established to draft new rules that will impact the use of computed tomography (CT) equipment in diagnostic imaging for consideration by the X-Ray Surveillance Advisory Committee and the Radiation Protection Commission. Facility reference and inspection guides applicable to CT that are utilized and published by the Radiology Compliance Branch will also be reviewed by the Working Group. All proposed rules should be compatible with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) Suggested State Regulations (SSR). Technical guidance documents published by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and The Joint Commission (TJC) will also be used to develop new regulations specific to the use of CT in diagnostic imaging.

Committee Members
Elizabeth M. Franklin, MS, DABMP, DABR, Chair   Carmine Plott, PhD, CHP, DABR
Jerome Hightower, III, MS, DABMP   Malcolm Hinton RT (R) (CT) (MR)
Tammie Glascoe RT (R)(CT)(MR)   Travis White, MS, DABR
Mike Wu, MS, DABR   Sheldon Long, (RT) (R)(CT)
Patricia Wilson, RT(R)(M)(QM)   Tom Ruckdeschel, MS, DABR