» Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering (MPACE)

Having been approached by NHS England (NHSE) and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), UKAS is developing accreditation for clinical engineering and physical science services.

This work will build on the work previously conducted to develop ‘iCEPSS’ and also the recently published British Standard BS 70000 Medical physics, clinical engineering and associated scientific services in healthcare – Requirements for quality, safety and competence.

UKAS has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) consisting of technical experts representing all the fields within this area, along with user and stakeholder representatives. At the last TAC meeting, it was agreed to rename the UKAS accreditation scheme from CEPPS to MPACE (Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering) so it is aligned with the title of the standard (BS 70000) that will be used as the criteria for UKAS accreditation.

In order to confirm the applicability of BS 70000 and develop the accreditation scheme and assessment approach, it has been agreed with the TAC to focus the development project on two technical areas in the first instance.  After initial expression of interest to participate in a pilot scheme and subsequent responses from questionnaires sent to the interested parties, it has been agreed through the TAC that the two technical areas will cover the following activities:

Radiotherapy Physics:

  • Treatment planning
  • Delivery of treatment and monitoring (physics input)
  • Purchasing and commissioning of equipment (cover validation, generation of radiation profiles)
  • Quality assurance activities on equipment
  • Maintenance, repair and calibration (in-house or managing external providers)
  • IT support/software testing (in-house or managing department/suppliers of service)

Management of Devices within EBME:

  • Infusion devices (high volume work) and anaesthetic devices (critical devices)
  • Library of medical devices/internal and outpatient

Organisations who have already expressed an interest will be invited to a meeting on the 14th November 2017.  This meeting will provide an outline of the pilot requirements along with details of the assessment approach and expectations.  After this meeting interested parties will then be asked to formally signed up to pilot terms of reference.

For areas outside the scope of the initial pilot areas, UKAS will continue to work with the relevant experts in the different fields to develop the accreditation scheme in readiness for their inclusion after the pilot activities have been completed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact David Compton at david.compton@ukas.com.

Webinar - 15th August

UKAS participated in a webinar on 15th August 2017 that provided information about the UKAS accreditation programme for Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Services (MPACE). It considered the links between certification standards and the process of accreditation and the implications for Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering services.  A recording of the webinar is available below.

Download webinar (please note that you will need to register to view the webinar).

Download the webinar questions and answers here.

Further information:

  • NHSE, UKAS and IPEM joint statement regarding the accreditation of Clinical Engineering and Physical Science Services.