WCCHS received complete compliance status and renewal of certification by the Food and Drug Administration after a recent onsite MQSA (Mammography Quality Standards Act) inspection. We are proud of our mammography services team for once again receiving exceptional results during this annual inspection.
What is MQSA?
MQSA stands for Mammography Quality Standards Act a law with the intent of ensuring that all women could have access to quality mammography examinations in order to detect breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees and enforces the accreditation and certification provisions of the MQSA.
In order to offer mammography services, a facility must be MQSA certified.
In order for a facility to be MQSA certified, it must be accredited by an approved body.
To achieve and maintain MQSA certification, a facility must:
• undergo periodic reviews of its clinical images
• have an annual survey conducted by a medical physicist
• meet the MQSA quality standards for personnel qualifications, equipment, radiation dose, quality assurance programs, and recordkeeping and reporting
• undergo an annual inspection by federally trained and certified federal or state personnel
As personnel involved in the production and processing of mammograms, radiologic technologists who perform mammographic procedures are required to have specific qualifications and meet certain MQSA requirements in order to perform mammography examinations.