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​​Mammography Facilities FAQs

1. Where can I find out how to apply for a California mammography facility certificate?

See our Mammography Facility Certification Fact Sheet (PDF). Also, you can e-mail us at RHBRMT@cdph.ca.gov or call us at (916) 327-5106.

 

2. Do I still need a California Mammography Machine Certificate for each of my mammography machines now that the American College of Radiology (ACR) is my accrediting body?

Yes. You need to have been issued a State of California Mammography Machine Certificate for each mammography machine.

 

3. Do I have to mail in my mammography machine certification application or can I submit it electronically?

Applications can be submitted via email to RHBRMT@cdph.ca.gov. Otherwise, they should be mailed to the address listed on the application.

 

4. Once we send in our application, can we start doing mammography?

No. You cannot legally begin doing mammography until you have received a State of California Mammography Machine Certificate.

 

5. Do we need to notify you when we get new staff, repair, or modify our mammography equipment, or move our office?

Yes. The administrator, owner of facility or their designee needs to send us a written signed and dated notice within thirty (30) days of any of the following events: (1) Change in the information submitted in your Application; (2) Change of your FDA certification status; or (3) The receipt of an unsatisfactory image quality report from an entity approved by the FDA.

 

6. Can I just send you a copy of my ACR and FDA certificates to be able to receive a California Mammography Machine Certificate for my new mammography machine?

No. You will need to complete the application process before we can issue a State of California Mammography Machine Certificate for your new or renewed mammography machine. See the instructions for form CDPH 8624 (PDF) for information about the application process.

 

7. If we just had our MQSA inspection performed by the State, will we automatically be issued a California Mammography Machine Certificate?

No. You will need to finish the application process before we can issue a State of California Mammography Machine Certificate for your new mammography machine. See the instructions for form CDPH 8624 (PDF) for information about the application process.

 

8. Do my MQSA fees include the fee for registering my mammography machine?

No. The MQSA program is Federal while the mammography machine registration is a State program.

 

9. Do I need to turn in fees with the form CDPH 8624?

No. You will be invoiced in a separate correspondence.

 

10. Do I need to receive my mammography certificate before I apply with the ACR?

No. Your machine must be approved by the ACR before a State Certificate can be issued.

 

11. When should I apply with the ACR?

It is recommended that you apply after you submit your State application.

 

12. Why is the expiration date on my new certificate different from my other machines?

The first State certificate you receive is provisional and allows you to take images to submit the ACR. When the ACR updates the machine’s expiration date you must inform the State so your State certificate can be updated as well.

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