August 14, 2006
New York state bill #A4882-B—an act to amend the public health law, in relation to the practice of radiologic technology and to repeal article 35 of such law relating to the practice of x-ray technology—was signed into law on July 26, 2006, by Governor George E. Pataki. The act will establish standards of education, training, and experience, and will require the examination and licensure of radiographers, radiation therapists, and nuclear medicine technologists practicing in New York.
"It is of great importance to SNM to increase the competencies of nuclear medicine practitioners and to promote new advances within the field," said SNMTS President D. Scott Holbrook. "A4882-B will help us with this goal by updating New York public health law to be more consistent with the scope of practice of nuclear medicine technologists."
"The passage of this legislation will finally bring about the recognition of nuclear medicine technologists as professionals in New York," said Ted Rubel, Greater New York Chapter/SNM leader and longtime supporter of A4882-B. "It will provide a working base for addressing issues confronting the technologist, and will establish an effective program that should evolve alongside future advances in technique and technology. Issues such as CT cross training and licensure are to be addressed as well."
With the exception of a few technical provisions, most of the changes in law resulting from the act will become effective on July 27, 2007.
"This was long and overdue, but very satisfying in the end," said Rubel. "The New York nuclear medicine community is enthusiastic and ready."