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ARTICLE XI

PROCEDURE FOR AMENDING OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

New rules or regulations or amendments to the existing rules and regulations, hereinafter referred to as a "proposed rule", may be adopted as follows:

  1. Notice of a proposed rule shall be given by mail/email to each member of the governing board at least 30 days prior to the meeting at which it is to be considered.
  2. The proposed rule may be accepted for publication by majority vote of the governing board at a regular meeting prior to formal adoption.
  3. The proposed rule shall be distributed to the general membership as a direct mailing or published in appropriate professional and educational publications usually available to the membership. It shall be distributed for comment to those societies, associations and organizations deemed appropriate by the governing board.
  4. All interested persons who desire to comment on any proposed rules and regulations of the Registry shall make comments in writing and direct them to the Executive Vice President of the Registry at least 30 days prior to the date at which the governing board is to take final action relative to the proposed rule or regulation. Copies of such written comments shall be made available to any interested person requesting to review the same and shall be distributed to each member of the governing board who will act upon and consider the proposed rule or regulation.  All such comments shall be reviewed by the governing board at the meeting at which consideration of adoption of proposed rule and regulation takes place.
  5. At the request of any interested party, and with the consent of the president of the Registry, any person may appear before the governing board at a date and time scheduled by it, to speak with respect to any proposed rule or regulation.
  6. At the next meeting of the governing board at which adoption of the proposed rule is considered, the governing board; may make such changes, amendments or modifications to the proposed rule or regulation as they shall determine appropriate after due consideration of the proposed rule as circulated and published by the Registry. In the event the rule as adopted contains any substantive changes from the form of proposed regulations as previously published, the rule or regulation, as changed, shall be re‑published, noting substantive changes which have been made. In absence of substantive changes being made to the proposed rule or regulation, the Registry shall not, unless the governing board so directs, be obliged to further publish any rule or regulation so adopted. The governing board shall determine whether a substantive change has been made to a proposed rule or regulation and such determination shall be conclusive.
  7. At any meeting of the governing board at which a proposed rule or regulation is considered, the governing board shall determine the need for the rule or regulation proposed for adoption.  Upon such affirmative showing, and approval of the proposed rule by a majority of the governing board, the proposed rule shall become effective immediately, unless a later effective date is established by resolution of the governing board.

Nothing herein shall prevent the governing board, from considering and adopting, on an interim basis, any rule or regulation determined by them to be appropriate to deal with any emergency condition or situation or any circumstance of hardships. This action may be taken without prior publication of any proposed rule or regulation or circulation of the same to interested parties, provided that such rule or regulation shall expire one year after its adoption, unless adopted as a rule or regulation in the manner prescribed in this Article of the Rules and Regulations.

ARTICLE X

HEARINGS

The American Chiropractic Registry of Radiologic Technologists shall hold a hearing whenever the governing board proposes to take action in respect to the denial of an application for renewal of a registration, or in connection with the revocation of a certificate of registration.  Hearings shall also be held at the request of persons whose application shall have been denied or rejected.  Hearings shall also be held prior to any action on the part of the governing board suspending a registrant's certificate, or censuring a registrant.  Hearings shall be held at the executive offices of the Registry, unless another place shall be designated by the governing board.

At such hearings, the executive vice president or a person appointed by him shall present the charges against the applicant or registrant in question, and the facts and evidence of the Registry in respect to the basis or bases for disqualification from registration.  The applicant or registrant in question, represented by legal counsel if so desired, shall have the right to present testimony and be heard in his own defense, and to hear the testimony of and cross‑examine any witnesses appearing at such hearing, and to present such other evidence or testimony as the board or hearing  officer shall  deem appropriate to do substantial justice.

If the hearing shall be held before the governing board, the board shall assess the evidence presented at such hearing and make its decision accordingly.  If the hearing shall not be held before a subcommittee thereof, or a hearing officer appointed by the board, such subcommittee or hearing officer before whom such a hearing is held shall prepare written findings of fact and promptly transmit the same following the hearing to the governing board which shall consider such findings, the files and records of the Registry applicable to the case at issue, and shall determine what action, if any, should be taken.  In making such determination, findings of fact made by a subcommittee of the governing board or hearing officer shall be conclusive if supported by evidence.  The governing board may grant re‑hearings, or hear additional evidence, or request that the Registry or the applicant or registrant in question provide additional information, in such manner, on such issues, and within such time it may prescribe.

All hearings provided for herein shall be private at all stages.  It shall be considered an act of professional misconduct for any registered technologist to make an unauthorized publication or revelation of the same, except to his attorney, immediate superior or employer.

The governing board shall instruct the executive vice president to notify the applicant or registrant of the decision of the governing board.  If the decision of the governing board is adverse to the applicant or registrant, he shall be given a copy of the findings of fact prepared by the subcommittee of the board or hearing officer, together with a brief explanation or opinion of the decision of the governing board.

ARTICLE VIII

REGISTRATION OF PHYSICIANS AS REGISTERED TECHNOLOGISTS

A doctor of chiropractic shall not be eligible for registration as a technologist.  A technologist who becomes a physician shall not be eligible to retain his certificate.

The Registry was established as an organization that would certify the competence of non‑physicians as chiropractic radiologic technologists.  It is presumed that chiropractors (as well as other physicians in medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry and from certain other disciplines) have training in the use and effects of radiation and do not need such certification.   Under agreements for registration, the certified chiropractic radiologic technologist must agree to work under the direction of a duly licensed and qualified doctor in the health care specialties and that under no circumstances may they give out oral or written diagnoses.  Since an individual could not direct himself, it would be inconsistent with the purposes and structure of the organization as expressed, to permit a physician to be both a technologist (which implies that he is a person working under direction) and a physician at the same time.  The American Chiropractic Registry of Radiologic Technologists believes, therefore, that its purpose is to serve, not certify physicians and it would not be appropriate to permit the physician to be certified as a registered technologist.  Further, should a registered chiropractic technologist advise the Registry that he has become a physician; he would voluntarily terminate his affiliation with the Registry or allow his certificate to lapse.

ARTICLE IX

CENSURE, SUSPENSION OF CERTIFICATE, OR REVOCATION OF CERTIFICATE

The governing board may, after an appropriate hearing has been held, reject or deny an application for, refuse the renewal of, or revoke a certificate of registration of any applicant who does not continue to meet the qualifications for registration and the rules and regulations of the American Chiropractic Registry of Radiologic Technologists.  The governing board may also censure registrants or suspend a registrant's certificate for such period of time as it deems appropriate.

The governing board may revoke an outstanding certificate if it determines that the registrant in question has:

  1. ceased to be a person of good moral character, or
  2. been guilty of, or advocated, directly or indirectly, practices inconsistent with standards prescribed by the governing board and the profession for chiropractic radiologic technologists, or
  3. shall have conducted himself in the practice of his profession or in any other manner so as to bring discredit to the profession, or
  4. shall have violated any of the terms of the agreement signed at the time of this application for registration, or any of such other rules and regulations as the governing board may from time to time adopt, or
  5. shall in any other manner cease to meet the qualifications for registration.

A technologist whose eligibility for certification is questioned will be notified of the complaint against him at least twenty days in advance of the specified hearing date.  The applicant or registrant in question shall notify the Registry of his intention to appear at the hearing.  A technologist whose certificate has been revoked may be reinstated after compliance with the requirements of the governing board, or he may be required to reapply and be re‑examined at the discretion of the board.

ARTICLE VII

STANDARDS OF PROCEDURE

The standards of procedures are to serve as a guide by which the chiropractic radiologic technologist may evaluate their professional conduct as it relates to patients, colleagues, other members of the allied professions and health care consumers. They are intended to assist in maintaining a high level of ethical conduct.

  1. Chiropractic radiologic technologists shall conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the dignity of their profession.
  2. Chiropractic radiologic technologists shall provide services with consideration of human dignity and the uniqueness of the patient.  The quality of care and service rendered shall not be influenced by the patient’s age, sex, race, creed, social or economic status, handicap, personal attributes or the nature of the health problem.
  3. Chiropractic radiologic technologists shall make every effort to protect all patients from unnecessary radiation.
  4. Chiropractic radiologic technologists should exercise and accept responsibility for independent discretion and judgment in the performance of their professional services.
  5. Chiropractic radiologic technologists shall judiciously protect the patient's right to privacy and shall maintain all patient information in the strictest confidence.
  6. Chiropractic radiologic technologists shall apply only methods of technology founded upon a scientific basis and not accept those methods that do not adhere to this principle.
  7. Chiropractic radiologic technologists shall not diagnose, but in recognition of their responsibility to the patient, they shall provide the chiropractor with all information they have relative to radiological findings or patient management.
  8. Chiropractic radiologic technologists shall be responsible for reporting unethical conduct and illegal professional activities to the appropriate authorities.
  9. Chiropractic radiologic technologists should continually strive to improve their knowledge and skills by participating in educational and professional activities and sharing the benefits of their attainments with their colleagues.
  10. J. Chiropractic radiologic technologists should protect the public from misinformation and misrepresentation.

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American Chiropractic Registry
of
Radiologic Technologists

52 W. Colfax Street
Palatine, Illinois
60067

Telephone: 847.705.1178
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