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Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).


Notice of pending NRC action to submit an information collection request to OMB and solicitation of public comment.


The NRC is preparing a submittal to OMB for review of continued approval of information collections under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

Information pertaining to the requirement to be submitted:

1. The title of the information collection: 10 CFR 35.32 and 35.33 “Quality Management Program and Misadministrations”.

2. Current OMB approval number: 3150-0171.

3. How often the collection is required: For quality management program (QMP): Reporting: New applicants for medical use licenses, who plan to use byproduct material in limited diagnostic and therapy quantities under Part 35, must develop a written QMP and submit a copy of it to NRC. When a new modality involving therapeutic quantities of byproduct material is added to an existing license, current licensees must submit QMP modifications. This ICR burden estimate is inflated by the one-time cost for the development and submission of QMPs for approximately 2000 Agreement States licensees in the ten Agreement States who have not adopted the rule and are not required to. Recordkeeping: Records of written directives, administered dose or dosage, annual review, and recordable events, for 3 years.

For Misadministrations: Reporting: Whenever a misadministration occurs. Recordkeeping: Records of misadministrations for 5 years.

4. Who is required or asked to report: NRC Part 35 licensees who use byproduct material in limited diagnostic and therapeutic ranges and similar type of licensees regulated by Agreement States.

5. The estimated number of annual respondents: 6300 (for both reporting and recordkeeping).

6. The number of hours needed annually to complete the requirement or request: 34,743 hours for applicable licensees (Reporting: 24,400 Hrs/yr, and Recordkeeping: 10,343 Hrs/yr, or an average of 5.5 hrs per licensee).

7. Abstract: In the medical use of byproduct material, there have been instances where byproduct material was not administered as intended or was administered to a wrong individual, which resulted in unnecessary exposures or inadequate diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. The most frequent causes of these incidents were: insufficient supervision, deficient procedures, failure to follow procedures, and inattention to detail. In an effort to reduce the frequency of such events, the NRC requires licensees to implement a quality management program (§ 35.32) to provide high confidence that byproduct material or radiation from byproduct material will be administered as directed by an authorized user physician. Collection of this information enables the NRC to ascertain whether misadministrations (§ 35.33) are investigated by the licensee and that corrective action is taken. Additionally, NRC has a responsibility to inform the medical community of generic issues identified in the NRC review of misadministrations.

Revisions to 10 CFR 35.32 and 35.33 are being made as part of a complete revision of 10 CFR Part 35 to incorporate specific improvements in NRC's regulations governing the medical use of byproduct material. A final rule revising Part 35 was affirmed by the Commission on October 23, 2000 and was submitted, along with its associated clearance package, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). A notice was published in the Federal Register on March 16, 2001, announcing a 30-day public comment period on the submittal. It is anticipated that the effective date of the final rule revising Part 35, including the revisions to Sections 35.32 and 35.33, will be March 2002, and the OMB clearance for Sections 35.32 and 35.33 will be then be included under the OMB clearance for Part 35 (3150-0010).

Currently, the OMB clearances for Sections 35.32 and 35.33 are due to expire October 31, 2001. In view of the fact that these parts will shortly thereafter be covered under OMB clearance 3150-0010, the Commission is seeking a 1-year clearance extension for the information collection requirments in these sections to allow sufficient time for OMB to complete its review of the NRC clearance package for the revision to Part 35, for NRC to publish the final rule, and for the rule to become effective. Because the final Part 35 and its OMB clearance will be in place in a short time period, the burden hour estimates in this extension package are not being revised from those contained in the previous OMB approval for Start Printed Page 34275Sections 35.32 and 35.33 under 3150-0171.

Submit, by August 27, 2001, comments that address the following questions:

1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical utility?

2. Is the burden estimate accurate?

3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected?

4. How can the burden of the information collection be minimized, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology?

A copy of the draft supporting statement may be viewed free of charge at the NRC Public Document Room, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Room O-1F23, Rockville, MD 20852. OMB clearance requests are available at the NRC worldwide web site:​NRC/​PUBLIC/​OMB/​index.html. The document will be available on the NRC home page site for 60 days after the signature date of this notice.

Comments and questions about the information collection requirements may be directed to the NRC Clearance Officer, Brenda Jo. Shelton, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, T-6 E6, Washington, DC 20555-0001, by telephone at (301) 415-7233, or by Internet electronic mail at BJS1@NRC.GOV.

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Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 21st day of June 2001.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Beth St. Mary,

Acting NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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[FR Doc. 01-16097 Filed 6-26-01; 8:45 am]