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Focal Pointe Women 27-Sep-01


Food and Drug Administration
Atlanta District Office
60 Eighth Street N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

September 27, 2001
Inspection ID: 1501280006

Jennifer Pittard
Mammography Technologist
Focal Pointe Women
4075 Elnora Drive
Macon, GA 31210

Dear Ms. Pittard:

Your facility was inspected on 9/18/01 by a representative of the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Radiation Protection, acting on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This inspection revealed that your facility failed to comply with certain Quality Standards for Mammography as specified in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 900.12, as follows:

  • Phantom QC records were missing for at least 4 weeks for unit#3, [redacted] which is located in Mammography Room #1.

The specific deficiency noted above appeared under the Level 1heading on your MQSA Facility Inspection Report, which was issued at the close of the inspection. This deficiency may be symptomatic of serious underlying problems that could compromise the quality of mammography at your facility.

It is your responsibility to ensure adherence to each requirement of the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA) and FDA?s regulations. You are responsible for investigating and determining the causes of the deficiencies that the inspection identifies and promptly initiating permanent corrective actions.

If you fail to promptly correct these deficiencies, FDA may, without further notice, initiate regulatory action. Under MQSA, FDA may:

  • impose civil money penalties on a facility of up to $10,000 for each failure to substantially comply with, or each day of failure to substantially comply with the Standards.
  • suspend or revoke a facility?s FDA certificate for failure to comply with, the Standards.
  • seek an injunction in federal court to prohibit any mammography activity that constitutes a serious risk to human health.

Please note that FDA regulations do not preclude a State from enforcing its own State mammography laws and regulations. In some cases, these requirements may be more stringent than FDA?s. When you plan your corrective action(s), therefore, you should consider the more stringent State requirements, if any.

Within15 working days after receiving this letter, you should notify FDA in writing of:

  • The specific steps you have taken to correct all of the violations noted in this letter;
  • each step your facility is taking to prevent the recurrence of similar violations;
  • equipment settings (including technique factors), raw test data, and calculated final results, where appropriate; and
  • sample records that demonstrate proper record-keeping procedures, if the non-compliances that were found relate to quality control or other records. (Note: Patient names or identification should be deleted from any copies submitted.)

If your facility is unable to complete the corrective action within 15 working days, you should state the reason for the delay and the time within which corrections will be completed. Please send the original copy of your response to:

Serene A. Kimel, Compliance Officer
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
60 8th St., NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

With a copy to:

Georgia Department of Human Resources
Division of Radiation Protection
2 Peachtree St.
Suite 33-285
Atlanta, GA 30303


Thomas Clarida
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
5701 Executive Center Drive, Suite 104
Charlotte, NC 28212

Finally, you should understand that there are many FDA requirements pertaining to mammography. This letter pertains only to findings of your inspection and does not necessarily address other obligations you have under the law. You may obtain general information about all of FDA?s requirements for mammography facilities by contacting the Mammography Quality Assurance Program, Food and Drug Administration, P.O. Box 6057, Columbia, MD 21045-6057 (1-800-838-7715) or through the Internet at http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/mammography/index.html.

You may choose to address both FDA and state requirements in your response. If you have any questions regarding this letter or how to ensure you are meeting MQSA standards, please feel free to call Thomas Clarida at 704-344-6116.

Sincerely yours,
Ballard H. Graham, Director
Atlanta District