DRAFT - Quality Assurance Program Guidelines For Dental and Diagnostic

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					                                   Fact Sheet
 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania • Department of Environmental Protection


 DRAFT - Quality Assurance Program Guidelines For Dental and Diagnostic Radiology

 In November 2001, the Department amended 25 Pa. Code § 221.11(l) related to x-ray equipment registrants
 responsibilities to have a Quality Assurance (QA) Program. The revised regulation states: “The registrant shall
 have a quality assurance program. This quality assurance program shall be in accordance with guidelines
 established by the Department or by another appropriate organization recognized by the Department. The
 Department’s guidelines and a list of recognized organizations will be maintained and made available on the
 Department’s website and on request.”

 A review of available quality control and QA guidelines for dental and medical facilities using diagnostic x-ray
 equipment revealed that numerous professional organizations have published on the subject, and all generally
 agree on what tests are essential in a model QA program. Because of their broad consensus, the Department has
 selected the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD) Quality Control
 Recommendations for Diagnostic Radiography Volumes 1, 2, and 3 as the fundamental reference documents for
 QA programs. The three guides provide specific instruction for establishing and maintaining a QA program in
 dental, podiatry, and radiographic/fluoroscopic facilities, respectively.

 The CRCPD is a nonprofit professional organization whose primary membership is made up of radiation safety
 and control professionals in state and federal government who regulate the use of radiation sources such as
 dental and diagnostic x-ray equipment. Other members include individuals with an interest in radiation
 protection. In cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological
 Health, the CRCPD developed the above noted manuals. It is important to note that the manuals were peer
 reviewed by representatives of the American Dental Association, American Podiatric Medical Association,
 American Association of Physicists in Medicine, American College of Radiology, and other individuals with
 expertise in the field of radiation protection, diagnostic radiology and quality control and quality assurance.
 The Department endorses the use of these manuals, and would consider facilities that utilize them for their QA
 Program, in compliance with our regulatory requirement stated above.

 Copies of the manual appropriate for your practice and facility are available from the CRCPD, Inc., 205 Capital
 Ave., Frankfort, KY 40601. To contact the CRCPD through their web site, go to www.crcpd.org or call 502-
 227-4543.



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Mark Schweiker, Governor                                                                                         David E. Hess, Secretary
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