“Protecting public health and safety,’’ is the first line in the Department of State’s motto. That is a goal which we share with all of you as professional license holders. To this end, we are passing along information we received from the Department of Environmental Protection concerning X-ray machines. As you are aware, operating these machines properly and keeping them calibrated are important in keeping the public safe while providing important health results to your patients.
Registration of these machines is important because it enables DEP to track and inspect these machines, as required by law. The news release below details an opportunity for anyone who has an unregistered X-ray machine to come into compliance with the law without facing a penalty.
I encourage any of you in this situation to take advantage of this opportunity, as we continue to do our best to provide Pennsylvanians with top notch service while upholding that pledge to protect public health and safety.
DEP Announces X-ray Registration Fee Amnesty Program
Harrisburg – The Department of Environmental Protection will begin a three-month amnesty program on June 1 to help identify unregistered X-ray machines and bring operators into compliance.
“This initiative offers a limited-time opportunity for medical providers to come into regulatory compliance without suffering a penalty,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “The registration and inspection program is essential to safeguard all Pennsylvanians from unnecessary exposure to radiation while maintaining proper diagnostic quality.”
All health care providers with radiation-emitting equipment are required to register their machines with DEP. The providers are required to pay equipment-registration and inspection fees, which go toward Bureau of Radiation Protection operations.
The amnesty period will give unregistered medical facilities the opportunity to comply with current regulations. While they will be required to pay all delinquent and current fees, they will be absolved of any potential civil penalties related to registration.
The amnesty period will run from June 1 to Aug. 31. During that time, DEP’s Bureau of Radiation Protection will contact medical, dental, podiatric, chiropractic and veterinary associations to let them know about the amnesty program and reinforce details of the agency’s regulations.
For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click the “X-ray Registration Amnesty” button on the home page, or call 717-787-2480.