Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Senate Bill for the New Medical Technology Law in the Philippines


The Philippines is globally recognized as a source of the world's medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, physical therapists and medical technologists. As early as 1960, the Philippines has been  educating medical technologists for the world health industry who are scientifically and technologically equipped to deliver the full spectrum of Medical Technology services required in modem health care.
Medical technologists from the Philippines are in high demand, thus their training education should be at par with the rest of the world's medical professionals. Philippine schools that offer Medical Technology courses have taken steps to adjust and amend their curriculum in response to advances and current trends in the medical world.

Republic Act 5527, otherwise known as The Medical Technology Act, was enacted in 1969. The law has become obsolete and no longer responds to the current practice of medical technology education.

This bill seeks to create an Board of Medical Technology under the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). The said Board will be headed by a qualified medical technologist. A Technical Panel in Medical Technology Education under the Commission on Higher Education shall also be created. Further, this bill seeks to introduce Continuing Medical Technology Education and Certification of Phlebotomists.

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