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The Radiation Safety Section is proposing revisions to Part 14 – Mammography of the Ionizing Radiation Rules. The draft revisions to Part 14 are available for review on our website.
Under the State of Michigan's formal rule promulgation process, the department is required to hold a public hearing to receive comments from interested stakeholders. At this time we have not set a date for the public hearing. This notification is intended to provide all mammography registrants and other interested parties adequate time to review the new rule draft prior to the formal announcement of the public hearing.
The current mammography rules were added to the Ionizing Radiation Rules on November 12, 1993. Subsequent to that date the federal Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) final rules took effect and set minimum standards that all mammography facilities must follow. Although federal mammography standards exist, the Department believes it is important for Michigan to retain its own set of mammography standards in case the federal standards are not reauthorized by Congress.
The proposed changes to Part 14 will update the current rule set to be more consistent with the federal MQSA regulations and will add appropriate requirements for the use of digital mammography machines. In addition, the proposed changes would add requirements for stereotactic breast biopsy consistent with the recommendations of the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Updating the rule set will be accomplished by adding new rules, amending existing rules, and deleting unnecessary rules. The rule set will also be reorganized as necessary. Proposed changes to Part 14 include:
In the next several weeks we intend to set a date for the formal public hearing. We will respond and potentially make changes to the draft based on comments received at the public hearing. The hearing will be announced in three state newspapers and via the section's listserv. Instructions for subscribing to the section's listserv can be found on our website at www.michigan.gov/rss.
Questions or comments concerning this information should be sent to T.R. Wentworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.