The international context of education, training and certification for medical physicists in Europe, North America and Australasia
Geoghegan, D. S., Stefanoyiannis, A. P., Christofides, S., Psichis, K., Gerogiannis, I., Round, W. H., & Chatziioannou, S. N. (2013). The international context of education, training and certification for medical physicists in Europe, North America and Australasia. World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Beijing, China, May 26-31 2012. IFMBE Proceedings volume 39, 2013, (pp. 2260-2263). Beijing, China.
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A common international education, training and certification framework for medical physicists is not available. Because of this an agreed uniform level of skills and knowledge, which is considered as a prerequisite for the free movement of professionals, does not exist. The aim of this study is to provide a description of the present status of the medical physicist education, training and certification framework in 25 European, 2 North American and 2 Australasian countries and compare this with an international certification model. We find that a common policy is generally followed on education, training and certification as well as on professional practice, notwithstanding a few national differences. Attempts to formulate general guidelines are already in progress based on common features and differences between countries which could be used to inform the development of a truly international certification process for medical physicists.