Regulations & Policies

The State of New Mexico has entered into an agreement with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This agreement gives the New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Radiation Control Bureau the authority to license and inspect all radioactive materials and radiation producing machines within the state. NMED is required to implement all provisions sent in place by the NRC.

In addition, UNM follows the Radiation Safety Manual (RSM) as an internal policy to enforce the requirements set forth by NMED. Links to the RSM, federal NRC regulations, and state NMED regulations are below.

UNM Radiation Safety Manual

Federal Regulations

NRC Regulations Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations

  • Applicable Byproduct Material Parts are 19, 20, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, and 71.
  • Applicable Parts for Research Reactors, Source, and Special Nuclear Material are 37, 40, 50, 55, 70, 73, and 74.

NRC Regulations Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations

  • Applicable Human Subject Parts are 21, 26, 50, 56, and 58
  • Applicable Radiology Device Part is 892

Department of Transportation Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations

  • Applicable Human Subject Part is 11
  • Applicable Radioactive Material Parts are 172, 173, 175, 176, 177 and 178

State Regulations

The State of New Mexico Radiation Control Bureau Regulations

  • Radiation Protection Rules is part 20.3.4
  • Medical Use of Radionuclides is part 20.3.7
  • Cabinet X-Ray Systems is part 20.3.11
  • Licensing Requirements for Radioactive Waste Disposal is part 20.3.13
  • Fees for Licensure is part 20.3.16

The State of New Mexico Environment Department Radiation Control Bureau Home Page

Contact Us

Radiation Safety
MSC 08 4560
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
RHFH (Fitz Hall) - Room B89