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European parliament to review MRI directive


19 June, 2007  

In response to recent scientific findings, the European Commission is to review its stance on the EU Physical Agents Directive.

A new report has revealed that hospital staff will have to stop using MRI equipment altogether to comply with the proposed EU guidance.

Led by European Commissioner, Vladimir Spidla, the European Parliament has reached a consensus that they need a solution that protects public health and the health of the hospital worker but is also “reasonable”.

Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Erasmus University, Gabriel Krestin, said: “The acknowledgement by the European Commission that there is a need for a legislative amendment is a step in the right direction.

“However, a delay in implementation still leaves public institutions such as hospitals and research institutes with no legal certainty.

“This has serious implications for investment in MRI, which is central to patient care in Europe.”

The Alliance for MRI, a coalition of European parliaments, patient groups and scientists, also supports the commission’s willingness to amend the directive.

Alliance for MRI