Registration

THE REGISTER

The ACPSEM Register of Qualified Medical Physics Specialists and Radiopharmaceutical Scientists (the Register) is the official record kept by ACPSEM to identify specialists in Medical Physics and Radiopharmaceutical Science who have demonstrated and are demonstrating current competency to practise. 

The Register is intended to guard against unsafe, incompetent and unethical practice in Medical Physics and Radiopharmaceutical Science and to ensure that medical physics and radiopharmaceutical science services are delivered only by professionals who demonstrate a nationally and internationally recognised high standard of practise.

ACPSEM maintains a separate section of the Register for each of the recognised Medical Physics Specialties: 

  • Radiation Oncology Medical Physics
  • Radiology Medical Physics 
  • Nuclear Medicine Physics
  • Radiopharmaceutical Science.

The Register is a publicly available resource and can be accessed here.

REGISTRATION

Registration is recognition from the ACPSEM that an individual is competent to practise their chosen specialty safely and independently in Australia and New Zealand. 

Registration is not legally required in Australia or New Zealand, but it is highly regarded. ACPSEM is of the position that all qualified, working Medical Physicists and Radiopharmaceutical Scientists, excluding registrars, should be listed on the Register. We also recommend that ACPSEM registration be included as an essential criterion when advertising job openings for these positions.

Compliance with the ACPSEM’s Code of Ethics and the professional standards of one's specialty, alongside maintenance of currency through CPD activities, are required of an individual for continuing registration. 


CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION

Entry to the Register constitutes a binding agreement that the registrant will:

  1. Practise safely and in accordance with the professional standards of their specialty to deliver the best possible outcomes for patients;
  2. Abide by the ACPSEM Code of Ethics (whether a member or not);
  3. Agree for the registrant’s name, specialty and principle place of practice and expiry date if relevant, to be publicly available and published on the Register to be made available by the ACPSEM through various means including on the ACPSEM website;
  4. Provide permission for the ACPSEM to state whether the registrant is on the Register to employers or regulators; and
  5. Maintain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in accordance with ACPSEM requirements

ADMISSION TO THE REGISTER

The Register is open to members and non-members of the ACPSEM. A fee or fees, as determined by the ACPSEM, may be charged by the ACPSEM to administer the Register. 

Admission to the Register entails a formal application and assessment process. Applications are assessed by the relevant Certification Panel for the specialty in which an applicant wishes to be registered. Those who successfully complete a Training and Education Program (TEAP) for Certification in their chosen sub-discipline are automatically eligible, while alternative pathways exist for experienced practitioners who do not hold ACPSEM Certification ("Other Candidates").


REGISTRATION PATHWAYS

1. Certified Medical Physicists and Radiopharmaceutical Scientists

Candidates are eligible for Registration if they have obtained ACPSEM Certification (or Accreditation) in the relevant specialty and can demonstrate:

  • Achievement of Certification within the last three years; OR
  • Achievement of Certification/Accreditation more than three years prior with evidence of:
    • Regular clinical practice since Certification/Accreditation was achieved
    • CPD participation (in Australia, New Zealand or internationally).

2. Candidates enrolled in ACPSEM TEAP

Candidates are eligible for registration, when at the time of application, they are enrolled in TEAP and have met all requirements for ACPSEM Certification in their chosen specialty except for:

a) The publication requirement; OR 
b) The postgraduate degree requirement. In this case they must be enrolled in and in the process of completing a PhD.

Upon admission to the Register candidates who have partially completed ACPSEM TEAP will have three years to complete the publication and postgraduate degree requirements so that they may be awarded  ACPSEM Certification.

3. "Other Candidates"

Candidates with experience practising as a medical physicist and/or radiopharmaceutical scientist in a relevant specialty may apply for Registration. Specific requirements for Registration in each specialty are published in the appendices to the Registration Requirements Policy.

In general, candidates are required to meet expected standards in the following categories:

  • Degree Qualifications
  • Experience
  • Competency Requirements
  • Professionalism
  • English Proficiency
     

APPLY TO THE REGISTER

Those who successfully complete TEAP are autmoatically awarded Certification and Registration.  They do not need to submit an application for Registration.

Before applying for Registration please read the Registration Requirements Policy for the ACPSEM Register of Qualified Medical Physics Specialists and Radiopharmaceutical Scientists.

Apply using the Application Form for Admission to the Register. The form includes a comprehensive application checklist that outlines all information and supporting evidence required of each applicant category.

Please email your completed application to admin.support@acpsem.org.au. If you are required to supply certified copies of your supporting documents, please post your application in full to:

The ACPSEM Register of Qualified Medical Physics
Suite 7.12 AERO 247
247 Coward Street
Mascot   NSW   2020
AUSTRALIA 

RPS APPLICANTS:
There application process for experienced professionals wishing to apply for Registration as a Qualified Radiopharmaceutical Scientist differs to that for Medical Physicists. To be awarded registration, you must apply for certification as an experienced Radiopharmaceutical Scientist. This pathway is only available to those with a chemistry, pharmacy or pharmacology background who are able to demonstrate a minimum of 7 years FTE work experience in the discipline of radiopharmaceutical science, and an appropriate postgraduate qualification. The Certification Panel may, at their discretion, allow experience relevant to the practice of RPS to count toward the requirements. Please see the Application for Certification of Experienced Radiopharmaceutical Scientists for information on submission requirements.

You can email any questions or queries to admin.support@acpsem.org.