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The ACR 2015 Annual Meeting had many interesting developments. The three collaborative radiation oncology practice parameters for this year were approved by the Council Steering Committee and the Board of Chancellors. The effective date for these documents will be August 1, 2015. The rest of the 2015 Practice Parameters and Technical Standards adopted at ACR 2015 go into effect on October 1, 2015.

The ACR Council adopted two resolutions during the ACR 2015 Annual Meeting that will impact Practice Parameter processes:

  1. An expedited approval process for ACR-AAPM collaborative medical physics practice parameters and technical standards
  2. An expedited review process for practice parameters and technical standards to allow the ACR more flexibility in responding to new health care developments or critical issues.

More information will be available as these processes are developed and finalized.


Practice Parameters

Practice Parameters describe recommended conduct in specific areas of clinical practice. They are based on analysis of current literature, expert opinion, open forum commentary and formal consensus. Practice Parameters are not intended to be legal standards of care or conduct and may be modified as determined by individual circumstances and available resources. The Practice Parameters have been organized under the headings below. Some documents may be included under multiple headings.


Technical Standards

Technical Standards describe technical procedures or practices that are quantitative or measurable. They often include specific recommendations for patient management, equipment specifications or settings. Technical Standards are based on analysis of current literature, expert opinion, open forum commentary and formal consensus. Technical Standards are intended to set a minimum level of acceptable technical proficiencies and equipment performance and may be modified as determined by individual circumstances and available resources.


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2016 Draft ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards

The field review process provides time for all ACR members to offer thoughtful comments about the Practice Parameters and Technical Standards.

The field review process will begin in August 2015 for Practice Parameters and Technical Standards that will be presented at the ACR 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.