Change is on the horizon with many dates to note in this issue of the newsletter.
Under the new legislation, in Schedule 6 of the Act, the Medical Radiation and Imaging Technology Act, 2017 will replace the Medical Radiation Technology Act, 1991 with new legislation that appropriately reflects the entirety of the medical radiation and imaging technology profession. Key changes under the new Medical Radiation and Imaging Technology Act included:
· Updating the name of the profession and of the health regulatory college overseeing the profession to accurately reflect the entirety of its membership
· Changing the scope of practice statement to include the “application of soundwaves” to capture diagnostic sonographers
· Appropriately identifying all radiation and imaging professionals that are members of the college.
The IDCA participated in the consultations in the development of the new legislation and was one of only a few invited to present to the Standing Committee on General Governance. The IDCA will participate in the development of Ministry of Health and Long-term Care regulations in the coming months.
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On August 2, 2017, the CMRTO received a letter from the Workforce Planning and Regulatory Affairs Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care directing the CMRTO to regulate diagnostic medical sonographers and begin registration by January 2018. The measure will “enhance public protection and make the regulatory framework consistent for all areas of medical imaging”. The IDCA was one of several associations consulted in late July 2017 as part of the development of this decision.
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