Laws and Rules - Radioactive Materials Licensing


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. https://gov.texas.gov/news/category/proclamation.

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.  


Texas Laws - Health and Safety Code

Texas Laws and Statutes Governing Radiation Control
Statute Title
Chapter 401 Radioactive Materials and Other Sources of Radiation

Radioactive Materials License Rules - Title 25, Texas Administrative Code


Standard Radioactive Materials Licenses (all RAM rules)

Rules Covering Medical Licenses for Radioactive Material
Rule Title Revision Date
§289.201 (HTML)
§289.201 (PDF, 200KB)
General Provisions for Radioactive Material 03/01/16
§289.202 (HTML)
§289.202 (PDF, 391KB)
Standards for Protection Against Radiation from Radioactive Material 03/01/16
§289.202(ggg)(2)(F) (PDF, 862KB) DAC and ALI Table (Figure) 03/01/16
§289.202(ggg)(3)-(9) (PDF, 190KB) Appendices to §289.202 Regarding RAM Labeling, Waste & Disposal, Record Keeping, and Surface Contamination Levels 03/01/16
§289.202(hhh) (HTML)
§289.202(hhh)
(PDF, 101KB)
Requirements for Nationally Tracked Sources 03/01/16
RC Form 202-2
(PDF, 81KB)
“Cumulative Occupational Exposure History” RC Form 202-2 10/01/11
RC Form 202-3
(PDF, 84KB)
“Occupational Exposure Record for a Monitoring Period” RC Form 202-3 10/01/11
§289.203 (HTML)
§289.203 (PDF, 109KB)
Notices, Instructions, and Reports To Workers; Inspections 10/01/11
RC Form 203-1
(PDF, 65KB)
"Notice to Employees" RC Form 203-1 (standalone document) 10/01/11
§289.204 (HTML)
§289.204 (PDF, 85KB) 
Fees for Certificates of Registration, Radioactive Material Licenses, Emergency Planning and Implementation, and Other Regulatory Services 09/07/14
§289.205 (HTML)
§289.205 (PDF, 91KB)
Hearing and Enforcement Procedures 12/27/07
§289.251 (HTML)
§289.251 (PDF, 500KB)
Exemptions, General Licenses, and General Licenses Acknowledgements 09/24/18
§289.252 (HTML)
§289.252 (PDF, 750KB)
Licensing of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
§289.253 (HTML)
§289.253 (PDF, 186KB)
Radiation Safety Requirements for Well Logging Service Operations and Tracer Studies 09/24/18
§289.255 (HTML)
§289.255 (PDF, 253KB)
Radiation Safety Requirements and Licensing and Registration Procedures for Industrial Radiography 03/22/15
§289.256 (HTML)
§289.256 (PDF, 497KB)
Medical and Veterinary Use of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
§289.257 (HTML)
§289.257 (PDF, 1 MB)
Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
§289.258 (HTML)
§289.258 (PDF, 153KB
Licensing and Radiation Safety Requirements for Irradiators 05/01/08
§289.259 (HTML)
§289.259 (PDF, 186KB)
Licensing of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) 04/11/99

General License Acknowledgement / Gauge

Rules Covering General License Acknowledgements for Radioactive Materials Licenses
Rule Title Revision Date
§289.201 (HTML)
§289.201 (PDF, 200KB)
General Provisions for Radioactive Material 03/22/15
§289.202 (HTML)
§289.202 (PDF, 391KB)
Standards for Protection Against Radiation from Radioactive Material 03/22/15
§289.202(ggg)(2)(F) (PDF, 862KB) DAC and ALI Table (Figure) 03/22/15
§289.202(ggg)(3)-(9) (PDF, 190KB) Appendices to §289.202 Regarding RAM Labeling, Waste & Disposal, Record Keeping, and Surface Contamination Levels 03/22/15
§289.202(hhh) (HTML)
§289.202(hhh)
(PDF, 101KB)
Requirements for Nationally Tracked Sources 03/22/15
RC Form 202-2
(PDF, 81KB)
“Cumulative Occupational Exposure History” RC Form 202-2 06/05/97
RC Form 202-3
(PDF, 84KB)
“Occupational Exposure Record for a Monitoring Period” RC Form 202-3 06/05/97
§289.203 (HTML)
§289.203 (PDF, 109KB) 
Notices, Instructions, and Reports To Workers; Inspections 10/01/11
RC Form 203-1
(PDF, 65KB)
"Notice to Employees" RC Form 203-1 (standalone document) 10/01/11
§289.204 (HTML)
§289.204 (PDF, 85KB)
Fees for Certificates of Registration, Radioactive Material Licenses, Emergency Planning and Implementation, and Other Regulatory Services 09/07/14
§289.205 (HTML)
§289.205 (PDF, 91KB)
Hearing and Enforcement Procedures 12/27/07
§289.251 (HTML)
§289.251 (PDF, 500KB)
Exemptions, General Licenses, and General Licenses Acknowledgements 09/24/18
§289.252 (HTML)
§289.252 (PDF, 750KB)
Licensing of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
§289.257 (HTML)
§289.257 (PDF, 1MB)
Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material 09/24/18

Industrial Radiography RAM

Rules Covering Radiography Licenses for Radioactive Material
Rule Title Revision Date
§289.201 (HTML)
§289.201 (PDF, 200KB)
General Provisions for Radioactive Material 03/22/15
§289.202 (HTML)
§289.202 (PDF, 391KB)
Standards for Protection Against Radiation from Radioactive Material 03/22/15
§289.202(ggg)(2)(F) (PDF, 862KB) DAC and ALI Table (Figure) 03/22/15
§289.202(ggg)(3)-(9) (PDF, 190KB) Appendices to §289.202 Regarding RAM Labeling, Waste & Disposal, Record Keeping, and Surface Contamination Levels 03/22/15
§289.202(hhh) (HTML)
§289.202(hhh)
(PDF, 101KB)
Requirements for Nationally Tracked Sources 03/22/15
RC Form 202-2
(PDF, 81KB)
“Cumulative Occupational Exposure History” RC Form 202-2 06/05/97
RC Form 202-3
(PDF, 84KB)
“Occupational Exposure Record for a Monitoring Period” RC Form 202-3 06/05/97
§289.203 (HTML)
§289.203 (PDF, 109KB)
Notices, Instructions, and Reports To Workers; Inspections 10/01/11
RC Form 203-1
(PDF, 65KB)
"Notice to Employees" RC Form 203-1 (standalone document) 10/01/11
§289.204 (HTML)
§289.204 (PDF, 85KB)
Fees for Certificates of Registration, Radioactive Material Licenses, Emergency Planning and Implementation, and Other Regulatory Services 09/07/14
§289.205 (HTML)
§289.205 (PDF, 91KB)
Hearing and Enforcement Procedures 12/27/07
§289.251 (HTML)
§289.251 (PDF, 500KB)
Exemptions, General Licenses, and General Licenses Acknowledgements 09/24/18
§289.252 (HTML)
§289.252 (PDF, 750KB)
Licensing of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
§289.255 (HTML)
§289.255 (PDF, 217KB)
Radiation Safety Requirements and Licensing and Registration Procedures for Industrial Radiography 03/22/15
§289.257 (HTML)
§289.257 (PDF, 1MB)
Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material 09/24/18

Irradiator

Rules Covering Irradiator Licenses for Radioactive Material
Rule Title Revision Date
§289.201 (HTML)
§289.201 (PDF, 200KB)
General Provisions for Radioactive Material 03/22/15
§289.202 (HTML)
§289.202 (PDF, 391KB)
Standards for Protection Against Radiation from Radioactive Material 03/22/15
§289.202(ggg)(2)(F) (PDF, 862KB) DAC and ALI Table (Figure) 03/22/15
§289.202(ggg)(3)-(9) (PDF, 190KB) Appendices to §289.202 Regarding RAM Labeling, Waste & Disposal, Record Keeping, and Surface Contamination Levels 03/22/15
§289.202(hhh) (HTML)
§289.202(hhh)
(PDF, 101KB)
Requirements for Nationally Tracked Sources 03/22/15
RC Form 202-2
(PDF, 81KB)
“Cumulative Occupational Exposure History” RC Form 202-2 06/05/97
RC Form 202-3
(PDF, 84KB)
“Occupational Exposure Record for a Monitoring Period” RC Form 202-3 06/05/97
§289.203 (HTML)
§289.203 (PDF, 109KB)
Notices, Instructions, and Reports To Workers; Inspections 10/01/11
RC Form 203-1
(PDF, 65KB)
"Notice to Employees" RC Form 203-1 (standalone document) 10/01/11
§289.204 (HTML)
§289.204 (PDF, 85KB)
Fees for Certificates of Registration, Radioactive Material Licenses, Emergency Planning and Implementation, and Other Regulatory Services 09/07/14
§289.205 (HTML)
§289.205 (PDF, 91KB)
Hearing and Enforcement Procedures 12/27/07
§289.251 (HTML)
§289.251 (PDF, 500KB)
Exemptions, General Licenses, and General Licenses Acknowledgements 09/24/18
§289.252 (HTML)
§289.252 (PDF, 750KB)
Licensing of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
§289.255 (HTML)
§289.255 (PDF, 217KB)
Radiation Safety Requirements and Licensing and Registration Procedures for Industrial Radiography 03/22/15
§289.257 (HTML)
§289.257 (PDF, 1MB)
Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
§289.258 (HTML)
§289.258 (PDF, 153KB)
Licensing and Radiation Safety Requirements for Irradiators 05/01/08

Medical RAM

Rules Covering Medical Usage Licenses for Radioactive Material
Rule Title Revision Date
§289.201 (HTML)
§289.201 (PDF, 200KB)
General Provisions for Radioactive Material 03/22/15
§289.202 (HTML)
§289.202 (PDF, 391KB)
Standards for Protection Against Radiation from Radioactive Material 03/22/15
§289.202(ggg)(2)(F) (PDF, 862KB) DAC and ALI Table (Figure) 03/22/15
§289.202(ggg)(3)-(9) (PDF, 190KB) Appendices to §289.202 Regarding RAM Labeling, Waste & Disposal, Record Keeping, and Surface Contamination Levels 03/22/15
§289.202(hhh) (HTML)
§289.202(hhh)
(PDF, 101KB)
Requirements for Nationally Tracked Sources 03/22/15
RC Form 202-2
(PDF, 81KB)
“Cumulative Occupational Exposure History” RC Form 202-2 06/05/97
RC Form 202-3
(PDF, 84KB)
“Occupational Exposure Record for a Monitoring Period” RC Form 202-3 06/05/97
§289.203 (HTML)
§289.203 (PDF, 109KB)
Notices, Instructions, and Reports To Workers; Inspections 10/01/11
RC Form 203-1
(PDF, 65KB)
"Notice to Employees" RC Form 203-1 (standalone document) 10/01/11
§289.204 (HTML)
§289.204 (PDF, 85KB)
Fees for Certificates of Registration, Radioactive Material Licenses, Emergency Planning and Implementation, and Other Regulatory Services 09/07/14
§289.205 (HTML)
§289.205 (PDF, 91KB)
Hearing and Enforcement Procedures 12/27/07
§289.252 (HTML)
§289.252 (PDF, 750KB)
Licensing of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
§289.256 (HTML)
§289.256 (PDF, 247KB)
Medical and Veterinary Use of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
§289.257 (HTML)
§289.257 (PDF, 1MB)
Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material 09/24/18

Please Also See:


Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM)

Rules Covering Licensing of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material
Rule Title Revision Date
§289.201 (HTML)
§289.201 (PDF, 200KB)
General Provisions for Radioactive Material 03/22/15
§289.202 (HTML)
§289.202 (PDF, 391KB)
Standards for Protection Against Radiation from Radioactive Material 03/22/15
§289.202(ggg)(2)(F) (PDF, 862KB) DAC and ALI Table (Figure) 03/22/15
§289.202(ggg)(3)-(9) (PDF, 190KB) Appendices to §289.202 Regarding RAM Labeling, Waste & Disposal, Record Keeping, and Surface Contamination Levels 03/22/15
§289.202(hhh) (HTML)
§289.202(hhh)
(PDF, 101KB)
Requirements for Nationally Tracked Sources 03/22/15
RC Form 202-2
(PDF, 81KB)
“Cumulative Occupational Exposure History” RC Form 202-2 06/05/97
RC Form 202-3
(PDF, 84KB)
“Occupational Exposure Record for a Monitoring Period” RC Form 202-3 06/05/97
§289.203 (HTML)
§289.203 (PDF, 109KB)
Notices, Instructions, and Reports To Workers; Inspections 10/01/11
RC Form 203-1
(PDF, 65KB)
"Notice to Employees" RC Form 203-1 (standalone document) 10/01/11
§289.204 (HTML)
§289.204 (PDF, 85KB)
Fees for Certificates of Registration, Radioactive Material Licenses, Emergency Planning and Implementation, and Other Regulatory Services 09/07/14
§289.205 (HTML)
§289.205 (PDF, 91KB)
Hearing and Enforcement Procedures 12/27/07
§289.251 (HTML)
§289.251 (PDF, 500KB)
Exemptions, General Licenses, and General Licenses Acknowledgements 09/24/18
§289.252 (HTML)
§289.252 (PDF, 750KB)
Licensing of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
§289.257 (HTML)
§289.257 (PDF, 1MB)
Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
§289.259 (HTML)
§289.259 (PDF, 186KB)
Licensing of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) 04/11/99

Well Logging Radioactive Materials Licenses

Rules Covering Well Logging Licenses for Radioactive Material
Rule Title Revision Date
§289.201 (HTML)
§289.201 (PDF, 200KB)
General Provisions for Radioactive Material 03/22/15
§289.202 (HTML)
§289.202 (PDF, 391KB)
Standards for Protection Against Radiation from Radioactive Material 03/22/15
§289.202(ggg)(2)(F) (PDF, 862KB) DAC and ALI Table (Figure) 03/22/15
§289.202(ggg)(3)-(9) (PDF, 190KB) Appendices to §289.202 Regarding RAM Labeling, Waste & Disposal, Record Keeping, and Surface Contamination Levels 03/22/15
§289.202(hhh) (HTML)
§289.202(hhh)
(PDF, 101KB)
Requirements for Nationally Tracked Sources 03/22/15
RC Form 202-2
(PDF, 81KB)
“Cumulative Occupational Exposure History” RC Form 202-2 06/05/97
RC Form 202-3
(PDF, 84KB)
“Occupational Exposure Record for a Monitoring Period” RC Form 202-3 06/05/97
§289.203 (HTML)
§289.203 (PDF, 109KB)
Notices, Instructions, and Reports To Workers; Inspections 10/01/11
RC Form 203-1
(PDF, 65KB)
"Notice to Employees" RC Form 203-1 (standalone document) 10/01/11
§289.204 (HTML)
§289.204 (PDF, 85KB)
Fees for Certificates of Registration, Radioactive Material Licenses, Emergency Planning and Implementation, and Other Regulatory Services 09/07/14
§289.205 (HTML)
§289.205 (PDF, 91KB)
Hearing and Enforcement Procedures 12/27/07
§289.252 (HTML)
§289.252 (PDF, 750KB)
Licensing of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
§289.253 (HTML)
§289.253 (PDF, 186KB)
Radiation Safety Requirements for Well Logging Service Operations and Tracer Studies 09/24/18
§289.257 (HTML)
§289.257 (PDF, 1MB)
Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material 09/24/18
Last updated May 29, 2020