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Radiologic Technologist License or Certification

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Citation:

900.12(a)(2)(i)(A) and (B): General requirements. All mammographic examinations shall be performed by radiologic technologists who meet the following general requirements: (A) Be licensed to perform general radiographic procedures in a State; or (B) Have general certification from one of the bodies determined by FDA to have procedures and requirements adequate to ensure that radiologic technologists certified by the body are competent to perform radiologic examinations.

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Discussion:

A radiologic technologist who is licensed in one state meets the license/certification requirement to perform mammographic examinations in any other state under MQSA. However, MQSA permits states to have more stringent requirements than the MQSA standards. If the second state has regulations, policies, guidelines, or some other means based on regulatory authority that allows it to regulate radiologic technologists, then, under state law, the radiologic technologist must also meet their requirements in order to practice.

The FDA recognizes radiologic technologists certified by the following organizations:

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

American Registry of Clinical Radiography Technologists (ARCRT) if the technologist is currently registered with the ARRT.

General licenses or certificates must be kept valid to meet the general license/certification requirement.

Attestation is not acceptable for licenses or certification.

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Questions: 
  1. A technologist was originally certified for general radiological procedures under the American Registry of Clinical Radiography Technologists (ARCRT). He or she is now registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Will the technologist be allowed to perform mammography under the final regulations?
  2. Does the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certificate or ARRT(M) certificate have to be stamped with the date it was originally issued?

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Page Last Updated: 08/08/2014
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