The NSCMIRTP is excited to announce that proclamation of the College occurred on Sept 8th, 2020 and are sharing the Department of Health and Wellness Media Release.
A new Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professionals Act and its regulations are now in effect. The act also creates the new Nova Scotia College of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professionals.
"Medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals are an important part of our health system and work with other health professionals to provide Nova Scotians the best possible care," said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. "Covering more medical imaging professionals under the act and new college will create more accountability and provide added protection for patients."
The new college will now regulate two additional medical imaging professions, bringing technologists who perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs) and ultrasounds together with nuclear medicine technologists, radiological technologists and radiation therapists under one regulatory body.
The act ensures the public interest is the central and guiding priority of the regulator and provides an updated oversight structure.
The act was passed in 2013.
"This is an incredible day for the medical imaging and radiation therapy professions. This act and regulations improve numerous legislative processes including professional conduct, continuing professional development and registration criteria. The new college will work to assure the public that all medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals in the province are held to high standards for delivering ethical and competent care."
- Chrissy Gamache, Nova Scotia College of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professionals interim co-president
-- the Nova Scotia College of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professionals replaces the Nova Scotia Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
-- the new act covers more than 700 health-care workers
-- Nova Scotia is the second jurisdiction in Canada to fully recognize and regulate diagnostic medical sonography as a distinct discipline
-- the regulations, which were required to proclaim the 2013 act, set out the processes and duties required for the college to carry out its oversight duties
Date Posted: October 13, 2020