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State of Ohio Letter Regarding State Medical Physicist Certificate Program

This is an Archived Document - Not for Official Use

State of Ohio Letter Regarding State Medical Physicist Certificate Program

The State of Ohio has informed FDA that their State Medical Physicist Certificate Program is not intended to constitute "State approval" to provide medical physics services under the scope of the MQSA regulations. Some medical physicists use "State approval" to meet the first of the medical physicists initial MQSA requirements (Board Certification, State License or State Approval). This clarification by the State will affect only those medical physicists using the Ohio Certificate to document meeting this initial requirement. Both Ohio and FDA have attempted to contact the medical physicists involved to notify them of the potential problem with their continuing to provide medical physics services to MQSA regulated facilities. Despite these efforts, we have been unable to locate some of these individuals.

In order to address this issue, FDA is asking all medical physicists who are using Ohio certification to document meeting the first of their initial requirements do the following:

If the medical physicist is Board Certified, State Licensed or has Approval from a State other than Ohio, they should submit that documentation to all facilities where they provide mammography services. This documentation should replace the Ohio certificate.

If the medical physicist is using the Ohio certificate as the sole means to document meeting this requirement, they should contact Kish Chakrabarti (301-594-3313) at FDA as soon as possible for further instructions. Our intent is to provide the affected physicists the opportunity to seek approval by other State programs or to adequately document their alternative qualifications. FDA has determined that past acceptance of these individuals has not adversely affected the quality of mammography services at the facilities where they have been practicing. Therefore, no retroactive action regarding these sites is necessary.