Advisory Committee Meeting Bulletin 18/1

The Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS) Advisory Committee (the Committee) was established in 2016 to provide advice and assistance to the Department of Health.

Page last updated: 23 August 2018

Advisory Committee Meeting Bulletin 18/1 (PDF 85 KB)

Third and fourth meeting updates

The Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS) Advisory Committee (the Committee) provides advice to the Department of Health on the development of standards for the DIAS, including implementation arrangements and associated regulation impacts. Detailed information about the Committee, including its roles and functions, membership, and updates about ongoing work, can be found online.

The third and fourth meetings of the Committee were held on 23 November 2017 and 26 April 2018.

Outcomes of 23 November 2017 meeting

At its third meeting, the Committee heard from representatives of the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, regarding their experiences developing and implementing standards in their respective fields. This provided a valuable opportunity to share lessons learnt and identify different options for reviewing the DIAS standards.

The Committee also endorsed their ongoing work plan, and discussed processes to revise and develop the standards.

Outcomes of 26 April 2018 meeting

At its fourth meeting, the Committee agreed a process to review the current standards and prioritised the order in which various standards will be reviewed over the next six months.

As part of this process, the Committee endorsed tools to support the standards development process (including a set of Guiding Principles, and documents to support standards development and assessment of regulatory costs), as well as a process to finalise some issues out of session, between Committee meetings.

The Committee heard from a representative of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, who advised the Committee about the development of revised Adult Diagnostic Reference Levels for Computed Tomography, and a draft Code for Radiation Protection in Medical Exposure.

Next meeting date

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for 1 November 2018.

Update on documents developed by the Committee

Advisory Statements

To date the Committee has published eight Advisory Statements, which clarify specific requirements of the current DIAS accreditation standards:

User Guide amendments

The DIAS User Guide was updated on 5 July 2018 to align the information in the User Guide with information provided in Advisory Statements issued over the past year.

In this update, the Committee endorsed amendments to the DIAS User Guide in relation to DIAS Standards 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2, and the Glossary.

The most recent versions of the User Guide and associated appendices (13A and 13B) are available for download online.