The Sunset Advisory Commission of the Texas Legislature has tabled its decision to recommend eliminating licensure for radiologic technologists and medical physicists until a subcommittee submits a final recommendation on Aug. 13.
The commission made its decision after hearing comments by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists and other radiologic technology organizations at a public meeting held June 24-25 in Austin, Texas.
Since the issue was assigned to a subcommittee, ASRT and TSRT will not have an opportunity to comment on the recommendation. If the commission recommends the de-licensing of R.T.s and medical physicists, it will go to the 2015 state legislature for a final decision.
Texas currently licenses 28,375 radiologic technologists and 607 medical physicists. If Texas rescinds licensure requirements, individuals in the state will be allowed to administer medical radiation without completing any coursework in radiation protection, radiation safety and medical imaging physics. In addition, the state will lose its right to penalize individuals who do not treat patients according to professional standards or administer radiation correctly.
The ASRT is asking Texas radiologic technologists to contact members of the Sunset Advisory Commission outlining the need to preserve licensure for radiographers, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists and medical physicists. Contact information for commission members is available at https://www.sunset.texas.gov/about-us/sunset-commission-members