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COVID-19 CPD and registration changes

Updated as of 5 August 2020

The Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR), Medical Radiation Practice Board Australia (MRPBA) and the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB) have released COVID-19 advice relating to CPD activities and registration.
Also keep your eye out for increasing online activities with new asawebinars and CPD tests due for release.



ASAR CPD notification regarding Triennium ending 30 December 2020 - more details

ASAR removes cap on web based CPD activitiesmore details

The simple act of keeping up to date with current broadcasts and updates regarding COVID-19 through different media sources, contributes to your CPD activity. In addition to the normal activities of: Self-directed learning activities at work or home, such as reading journal articles (Cat 3A) and web-based individual education such as webinars (Cat 1A), quizzes (Cat 3A) you can now obtain CPD from web-based group meetings/tutorials in place of face to face meetings – such as via Zoom (Cat1B)


MRPBA: COVID-19 updates

New Zealand


The Board recognises that in emergencies providing frontline health services takes precedence over attendance at education. The Board will take context and circumstances into consideration when considering an individual practitioner’s engagement in the recertification (CPD) program.

MRTB: Important Notice about COVID-19

The MRTB have released a notice that they expect that practitioners will have already completed their CPD activities for the 2019–20. However the the CPD audit that was scheduled for June 2020 will be deferred until later in 2020.
The MRTB also stated that 'CPD requirements for 2020–21 will be considered separately once we have a better understanding of the effect of the pandemic on practitioners, we expect this may take some months.'

MRTB has confirmed with NZ sonographers that, due to COVID, they will not audit CPD for the 2021 year. They have also confirmed 'the requirements for the 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023 trimester remain the same but if a practitioner is unable to complete the required 60 CPD over the duration of the trimester the Board will exercise leniency'.

If you require further information please email memberservices@sonographers.org
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