Under FDA's interim regulations, there were several courses that FDA had indicated would meet the specific training in mammography requirement. For new technologists, will FDA continue to accept these courses as adequate initial training under the final regulations?
For technologists qualifying after April 28, 1999, the training must have at least 40 contact hours of instruction and include the performance of a minimum of 25 examinations under the direct supervision of a qualified radiologic technologist. Most of the training programs accepted by FDA under the interim regulations do not meet these conditions. However, the individual can still use credits from these courses toward meeting the 40 hours required under the final regulations.