Facilities That Have Closed But Are Still Certified
Occasionally, inspectors, State programs, and FDA field offices inform the division about facilities that are listed as certified but who are no longer performing mammography. As you know, a facility's accreditation remains valid until it expires. Thus, the American College of Radiology (ACR) requires a facility that is in the process of closing to notify them so that the ACR can withdraw that facility's accreditation. In situations where such a facility did not contact the ACR about its new status, the ACR will continue to list it as accredited and subsequently certified.
The ACR has a standard operating procedure whereby they try to verify via a letter or telephone call the status of a facility when it learns of its change in status. Upon validating a facility's closure, the ACR updates its records to indicate accreditation withdrawal for the facility in question and notifies FDA of that facility's new status. The State accreditation bodies also have methods for verifying the status of a facility, although their approaches differ from the arrangement between the FDA and ACR because their inspection and accreditation programs communicate more directly.
If you learn of a facility that is closing or has closed, please contact the MQSA Inspector Helpdesk via electronic mail. If you have any letters or other documents confirming the closure, please fax them to us. Upon receiving this information, DMQS will work with the ACR and the State Accreditation Bodies to verify whether a facility is no longer performing mammography. DMQS will then remove the facility's certification once their accreditation body has updated their database.