Standards

The Royal College of Radiologists exists to advance the science and practice of clinical radiology.

Through its Faculty of Clinical Radiology Professional Support and Standards Board it undertakes to produce standards or documents to provide guidance to individuals involved in the delivery of radiological services with the aim of defining good practice, advancing practice, and improving services for the benefit of patients.

The standards documents cover a wide range of topics. All have undergone an extensive consultation process to ensure broad consensus, underpinned by published evidence, where applicable. Each is subject to review four years after publication or earlier, as appropriate. The standards are not regulations governing practice but attempt to define the aspects of radiological services and care which promote the provision of high quality service to patients. Developing RCR standards: a guide provides concise advice and guidance about the preparation of draft documents and what needs to be considered by those involved.

Proposals for new publications are considered by the Clinical Radiology Professional Support and Standards Board.  If you are a member or Fellow of the RCR and would like to submit a proposal, please complete the new document proposal form and return to the Professional Standards Manager, David Christopher.

Standards for the Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme have been produced in conjunction with the College of Radiographers.

Standards Documents

The following standards documents have been produced by the Standards Sub-Committee (up to February 2010) and by the Professional Support and Standards Board:

2016

BFCR(16)5 Standards for the reporting of imaging investigations by non-radiologist medically qualified practitioners

BFCR(16)4 Standards for the communication of radiological reports and fail-safe alert notification

2015

BFCR(15)14 Standards for providing a seven day acute care diagnostic radiology service
BFCR(15)5 Standards of practice for trauma radiology in severely injured patients, second edition
BFCR(15)1Standards for intravascular contrast agent administration to adult patients, second edition - this has been archived

2014

BFCR(14)17 Standards for the provision of an ultrasound service
BFCR(14)16 Standards of practice of computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) in adult patients
BFCR(14)15 Cancer multidisciplinary team meetings – standards for clinical radiologists, Second edition
BFCR(14)11 Standards for Learning from Discrepancies meetings 

2013
BFCR(13)8 Standards for radiofrequency ablation (RFA), Second edition 

2012
BFCR(12)19 Standards for patient confidentiality and PACS and RIS 
BFCR(12)8 Standards for patient consent particular to radiology, Second edition

2011
BFCR(11)3 Standards of practice and guidance for trauma radiology in severely injured patients - this has been archived
BFCR(11)2 Standards and recommendations for the reporting and interpretation of imaging investigations by non-radiologist medically qualified practitioners and teleradiologists

2010
BFCR(10)17 Standards for the NPSA and RCR safety checklist for radiological interventions
BFCR(10)7 Standards for the provision of teleradiology within the United Kingdom
BFCR(10)6 Standards for the recording of second opinions or reviews in radiology departments - this has been archived
BFCR(10)5 Standards for a results acknowledgement system
BFCR(10)4 Standards for intravascular contrast agent administration to adult patients, Second edition - this has been archived

2009
BFCR(09)3 Standards for providing a 24-hour diagnostic radiology service - this has been archived

2008 
BFCR(08)13 Standards for providing a 24-hour interventional radiology service
 

2007
BFCR(07)9 Standards for Self-assessment of Performance

2006
BFCR(06)1 Standards for the Reporting and Interpretation of Imaging investigations - this has been archived