Dimitris Katsifarakis

President Dr. Fozy Peer and Dimitris Katsifarakis had a busy week representing the ISRRT at this year’s ECR this past March 2018.  As global stakeholders representing over 500,000 radiographers worldwide we feel strongly that we should find opportunities to collaborate with our other international stakeholders whenever possible.

One highlight from this year’s meeting was the signing of our Memorandum of Understanding between our President Dr. Fozy Peer and Dr Ricardo Garcia-Monaco the ISR President as a way to formalize our collaboration between our two international organizations.

ESR and ISRRT are looking to find ways to collaborate and one such project is that the ISRRT has been asked by the ESR to join them in celebrating the International Day of Radiology (IDOR). The ISRRT agreed to collaborate on writing a chapter for their publication for IDOR related to Cardiac Imaging for 2018

One of our most important meeting we attend while at ECR is our meeting with our European colleagues that represent the radiographers in Europe (EFRS). We take this time to discuss common issues affecting our profession, update each other on our strategic initiative and projects and look for common project that we may be able to work together on relating to radiographers.

When attending this meeting we take the opportunity to meet with the WHO, and this year we met with Dr. Maria Perez who is one of our official contacts there. She indicated that she will arrange joint meetings of the ISR, IOMP and ISRRT as we now were under her wing at the WHO. She will continue to collaborate with the ISRRT on various issues, including matters related to patient safety culture and radiation protection. The WHO is in ‘official relations’ with the ISRRT. The current workplan expires in January 2019. The ISRRT has to submit a report on the activities undertaken as per the workplan submitted in 2016 and are in the process of creating a new work plane for the next 3 years to be re-assessed to maintain the ‘official relations’ status as a non-state-actor. Dr Perez together with Dr Adrianna Velasquez will be assisting the ISRRT with completion of these documents. Look for more information on these initiatives threw the ISRRT Facebook, Website and New and Views

During ECR 2018, the IAEA, Radiation Protection unit met with the ISRRT and amongst other initiatives discussed the discussed the training related to ‘justification’ at universities. Plans are well underway with the research project to pilot the Team approach to Justification to teach new students their role in this team approach.

Also agreed upon at this year’s meeting was that the ESR Board approved a programme featuring International Radiographers & Radiological Technologists and their specific guest countries, called “ISRRT meets Africa session”. The Session will be held at the 2019 ECR meeting which is going to be held February 27 to March 3. Our session is scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2019, from 16:00 to 17:30. The session is set up for radiographers to share practices that are taking place in different African countries relating to educational standards requirements and scope of practice issues.

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