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Interpreting Physician Exemption from Initial Requirements

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900.12(a)(1)(iii)(A): Those physicians who qualified as interpreting physicians under paragraph (a)(1) of this section of FDA’s interim regulations prior to April 28, 1999, are considered to have met the initial requirements of paragraph (a)(1)(i) of this section. They may continue to interpret mammograms provided they continue to meet the licensure requirement of paragraph (a)(1)(i)(A) of this section and the continuing experience and education requirements of paragraph (a)(1)(ii) of this section.


  1. An interpreting physician has been practicing under FDA’s interim regulations and met all of the initial and continuing requirements under those regulations. Will he or she have to go back and get additional mammography training to meet the requirements after April 28, 1999?