What we do
The Medical Radiation Technologists Board is one of sixteen New Zealand health regulation authorities appointed by the Minister of Health under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act). The Board is responsible for the administration of the Act in regard to the profession of medical radiology technology (medical imaging and radiation therapy).
The primary responsibility of the Board is to protect the health and safety of the public through the implementation of mechanisms that ensure medical imaging and radiation therapy practitioners are competent and fit to practise.
The Board fulfils its responsibility to the Minister of Health by demonstrating leadership to ensure the profession of medical imaging and radiation therapy protects the health and safety of the public. This is achieved by the Board setting policies to enable the implementation of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act and so mitigate the risk to the public, the profession and the Board within a social, ethical and financially viable framework
Effectiveness and efficiency
In accordance with Section 118 of the Act, the Board is responsible for fulfilling a number of functions:
- To prescribe the qualifications required for scopes of practice within the profession of medical imaging and radiation therapy, and, for that purpose, to accredit and monitor educational institutions and degrees, courses of studies, or programmes.
- To authorise the registration of medical imaging and radiation therapy practitioners under the Act, and to maintain registers.
- Consider applications for annual practising certificates.
- Review and promote the competence of medical imaging and radiation therapy practitioners.
- To recognise, accredit, and set programmes to ensure the ongoing competence of medical imaging and radiation therapy practitioners.
- To receive and act on information from health practitioners, employers, and the Health and Disability Commissioner about the competence of medical imaging and radiation therapy practitioners.
- To notify employers, the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Director-General of Health, and the Health and Disability Commissioner that the practice of a medical imaging or radiation therapy practitioner may pose a risk of harm to the public.
- To consider the cases of practitioners who may be unable to perform the functions required for the practice of the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession.
- To set standards of clinical competence, cultural competence, and ethical conduct to be observed by medical imaging and radiation practitioners.
- Liaise with other authorities appointed under the Act about matters of common interest.
- To promote education and training in the profession of medical imaging and radiation therapy.
- Promote public awareness of the responsibilities of the Board.
- Exercise and perform any other functions, powers, and duties that are conferred or imposed on it by or under the Act or any other enactment.
Each year the Board reviews its achievements in meeting its legislative responsibilities and sets future business objectives. The Board's current Strategic Directions can be downloaded from the publications page.