The Mammography Accreditation Program provides facilities with peer review and constructive feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, image quality and radiation dose. The Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) requires all U.S. mammography facilities to be accredited.
At this time, ACR is not accepting new applications from international facilities due to ever-changing regulatory requirements associated with the transfer, use and protection of personal information. We will also stop accepting applications from existing international facilities on Feb 15, 2022. We welcome you to use our resources to manage your quality assurance programs. Please continue to monitor our website for future changes to our international accreditation offerings.
Coming Soon! New and Improved Accreditation System.
To our ACR Mammography Accredited Facilities,
We recognize that there will be uncertainty of patient volumes, limited resources, limitations on physics support, etc. that may affect the ability to meet accreditation deadlines and we will provide as much flexibility on accreditation process as possible. If your facility is nearing your expiration date, ACR staff will reach out to you, if needed, and assist you with the process of extending your facility's MQSA expiration date through Interim Accreditation and MQSA Certificate Extensions when there is less than 30 days left on your current MQSA certificate.
(Updated September 2021) FDA updated its MQSA Inspection Information Related to COVID-19 page to include the Enforcement Policy for the Quality Standards of the Mammography Quality Standards Act During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Due to the evolving COVID-19 impact on travel and facility operations; FDA intends to allow facilities who document circumstances as to why they are unable to have their annual survey within 14-months, a six-month extension (from the FDA recommended 14-month timeframe) for the facility to complete the annual survey. A request for an extension does not need to be filed with FDA. For additional Certification questions, we ask that you contact the FDA.
Please visit the ACR COVID-19 Radiology-Specific Resources page.
Please visit the SBI COVID-19 resources page and the updated SBI statement on COVID-19.
For the most recent FDA assistance, please visit Frequently Asked Questions about DBT and MQSA Training Requirements. If there are additional questions, contact the FDA Mammography Facility Hotline at 1-800-838-7715 or MQSAhotline@hcmsllc.com.
Complete Accreditation Information for Mammography
Links to specific documents are listed below.
Complete Program Requirements and Testing Instructions »
Forms and Documents
General and Administrative
QC and Testing
ACR Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual
In February 2016, the FDA approved an ACR request for an alternative standard that will allow facilities to use the new ACR Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual under MQSA. ACR-accredited mammography facilities, medical physicists associated with ACR-accredited facilities, and those applying for accreditation can download the PDF manual at no charge.