ROCKVILLE, MdThe FDA has proposed rules that would enable it to
authorize states to certify, inspect, and enforce quality standards
at mammography facilities within their boarders. The rules would
implement a provision of the Mammography Quality Standards Act of
1992 (MQSA) and significantly increase the role of the states in the process.
Under the new rules, accredited states (to date, Arkansas,
California, Iowa, and Texas) would have the authority to issue,
renew, suspend, and remove mammography facility certificates; conduct
annual inspections and follow-up inspections; and implement and
enforce the MQSA quality standards.