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Statements related to the Scope of Practice, physicist qualifications, and other aspects of medical physics practice. Despite these concerted and enduring efforts, the profession does not have a clear and concise statement of the acceptable practice guidelines for routine clinical medical physics. As accreditation of clinical practices becomes more common, Medical Physics Practice Guidelines (MPPGs) will be crucial to ensuring a consistent benchmark for accreditation programs. 2. Vision The AAPM will lead the development of MPPGs in collaboration with other professional societies. The MPPGs will be freely available to the general public. Accrediting organizations, regulatory agencies and legislators will be encouraged to reference these MPPGs when defining their respective requirements. 3. Scope MPPGs are intended to provide the medical community with a clear description of the minimum level of medical physics support that the AAPM would consider to be prudent in all clinical practice settings. Support includes but is not limited to staffing, equipment, machine access, and training. These MPPGs are not designed to replace extensive Task Group reports or review articles, but rather to describe the recommended minimum level of medical physics support for specific clinical services. 4. Process The following describes the procedure for the development of a MPPG: a. b.

The Practice Guidelines Subcommittee (“Subcommittee�) of the Clinical Practice Committee in the Professional Council will be charged with the development and timely updates of MPPGs. The Subcommittee membership will be expanded to include one standing member each from the Therapy Physics Committee and Imaging Physics Committee of Science Council, and the Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee of Administrative Council. The leadership structure of the Subcommittee will be revised to include a Chair, a Vice Chair for Imaging Physics Guidelines, and a Vice Chair for Therapy Physics Guidelines.

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