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IAC Releases Updates to Nuclear/PET Standards & Guidelines

As an accreditation organization, IAC Nuclear/PET is committed to maintaining a program that balances the changing needs of both the nuclear cardiology, nuclear medicine and PET community and the general public by influencing the quality of patient care provided. The IAC Standards and Guidelines for Nuclear/PET Accreditation are the most important component of that commitment. Composed by physicians and technologists from the IAC sponsoring organizations, the Standards are reviewed periodically by the Board of Directors and revised as needed.

As a component of the accreditation process, the IAC Nuclear/PET Board of Directors preliminarily approved the proposed Standards which were recently posted to the IAC website for a 60-day public comment period.

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Key Revisions to the IAC Standards for Nuclear/PET

Some of the changes made are a clarification or explanation of the previous Standards, however, in several instances, the requirements have been modified. Key modifications include:

  • Direct Patient Care Personnel Qualifications (Applicable Standards 1.5.1.1A, 1.5.3A, 1.5.4A)
  • Image Interpretation and Reporting (Applicable Standards 3.4.3.4A, 3.4.9.1A, 3.4.9.2A, 3.4.9.3A)
  • Instrumentation (Applicable Standard 1.1.3.12B)
  • Equipment Quality Control Protocols (Applicable Standards 1.2.1.1B, 1.2.1.2B)
  • Non-Imaging Equipment Quality Control Protocols (Applicable Standard 1.4.6B)
  • General Protocol Guidelines (Applicable Standard 2.2.3.1B)
  • Clinical Procedure Protocols (Applicable Standard 2.4.1.11B)
  • Therapy Reporting Protocols (Applicable Standards 1.1.8D, 1.1.11D, 1.1.12D)
  • Therapy Clinical Protocols (Applicable Standard 1.2.8D)
  • Therapy Performance (Applicable Standards 1.3D, 1.3.5D)

Standards that are highlighted are content changes that were made as part of the August 1, 2021 revision. These Standards become effective February 1, 2022. Facilities applying for accreditation after February 1, 2022 must comply with these new highlighted Standards.