What's the best way to regulate sonographers?

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The U.K. Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) has pledged its support to efforts by the government's Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to seek feedback on regulated professions, including sonographers.

The BEIS wants to receive feedback from individuals, businesses, and organizations that deal with these regulated professions. Comments can be submitted here. The deadline is 23 October 2020.

The issue was reviewed by the Professional Standards Authority in February 2019 in its report, "Right-touch assurance for sonographers based on risk of harm arising from practice." The authority did not recommend regulation of sonographers because most of those practising as sonographers are already regulated in other professional roles and they hold postgraduate qualifications, the SCoR explained in a press release issued on 14 September.

Nonregulated sonographers in the U.K. are unable to administer medication, including contrast agents, under Patient Group Directions, and cannot train as supplementary prescribers or refer patients for imaging involving ionizing radiation, the SCoR noted.

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