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  1. Summarization of R.A 5527 or the Philippine Medical Technology Act of 1969
  2. AMENDMENTS OF R.A 5527 An Act to Amend Certain Sections of Republic Act Numbered Five Thousand Five Hundred Twenty-Seven, Known as the Philippine Medical Technology Act of 1969. R.A 6138 Examination of tissues, secretions and excretions of the human body and body fluids by various electronic, chemical, microscopic, bacteriologic, hematologic, serologic, immunologic, nuclear, and other laboratory procedures and techniques either manual or automated. P.D 498 Accreditation of Schools of Medical Technology and of Training Laboratories. The Department of Education and Culture shall approve schools of Medical Technology in accordance with the provisions of this Act, as amended, in conjunction with the Board of Medical Technology. P.D 1534
  3. SECTION 1: title "Philippine Medical Technology Act of 1969" An act requiring the registration of Medical Technologists, defining their practice, and other purposes. Approved: June 21, 1969 Signed by: Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos (August 14,1969)
  4. SECTION 2: definition of terms Medical Technology Pathologists Medical Technologist Medical Technician Accredited Medical Technology Training Laboratory Recognized School of Medical Technology Council Board
  5. SECTION 3: council of medical technology Chairman: Secretary of Education or Director of Private Education Vice-Chairman: Director of Bureau of Research and Laboratories of the DOH Members: * (1) Chairman and (2) members of the Board of Medical Technology Dean of the Institute of Health of UP A representative of the deans or heads of the Privates schools of medical technology President of PAMET President of PSP
  6. SECTION 4: COMPENSATION AND TRAVELING EXPENSES OF COUNCIL MEMBERS The chairman and members of the Council shall be entitled to twenty-five pesos per diem for every meeting attended. (shall not exceed 2/ month) Officials receiving regular salaries from the Government shall not receive per diem. Chairman and members shall be entitled to travel expenses in connection to duties and responsibilities.
  7. SECTION 5: FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION To recommend minimum required curriculum. To determine and prescribe the number of students, account for the student-instructor ratio, and the availability of facilities for instruction. (40:1) To approve medical technology school meeting the requirements and recommended closure to those who were found to be substandard. To require all medical technology schools to submit an annual report, including the total number of students and instructors, a list of facilities available for instruction, and a list of their recent graduates, and new admissions, on or before the month of June.
  8. SECTION 5: FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION To inspect and determine whether a high standard of education is maintained. To certify for admission into undergraduate internship students who have satisfactorily completed three years of the medical technology course or its equivalent and to collect from said students the amount of five pesos each which money accrues to the operating fund of the council. [5 pesos each student for accrue of the Council] Formulate and recommend approval of refresher course for applicants who shall have failed the board examination for the third time. [12 months refresher course in CEU] To promulgate and prescribe rules and regulations of the foregoing functions.
  9. SECTION 6: MINIMUM REQUIRED COURSE At least 4 years Medical Technology Course 12-months satisfactory Internship Includes the following subjects: -English -Biochemistry -Spanish -Gross Anatomy -Social Science -Histology -General Zoology -Physiology -Botany - Clinical Parasitology -Mathematics -General Pathology -College Physics -Microbiology -General Chemistry -Biostatistics - Qualitative Chemistry -Clinical Laboratory Methods - Quantitative Chemistry (including hematology, serology, blood banking, clinical microscopy, applied microbiology, and parasitology, histopathologic techniques, and cyto-technology)
  10. SECTION 7: BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY Pathologist appointed by the President of the Philippines (2) two members who are registered medical technologists appointed by the President of the Philippines The chairman shall serve for three years, one member for two years, and the third member for one year. No member shall be allowed more than (1) one reappointment. The president of the Philippines shall fill the vacancy that may occur, but the appointee shall serve only the unexpired term of the incapacitated member. The Board of Medical Technology is composed of:
  11. SECTION 8: QUALIFICATIONS OF EXAMINERS Is a Filipino citizen Is of good moral character Is a qualified Pathologist, or duly registered medical technologist with a degree in BSMT/BSH Has been in the practice of laboratory medicine or medical technology for at least (10) ten years before his appointment Is not a member of the faculty of any medical technology school or have any pecuniary interest, direct or indirect, in such institution To be a member of the Board of Examiners he/she
  12. SECTION 9: EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE BOARD The Commissioner of Civil Service shall be the Executive Officer of the Board and shall conduct the examinations given by it. The Secretary of the Board Examiners appointed in accordance with Section ten of Act Numbered Four Thousand Seven, as amended, shall also be the Secretary of the Board. He shall keep a register of all persons to whom certificates of registration have been granted.
  13. SECTION 10: COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY P10.00 for each applicant examined P5.00 for each applicant granted a Certificate Each member of the Board shall receive as of Registration without examination of Registration without examination
  14. SECTION 11: FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES OF THE BOARD Administer the provision of this act Administer oaths in connection with the administration of this act Issue, suspend, and revoke certificates of registration Look into conditions affecting the practice of medical technology in the Philippines and, whenever necessary, adopt such measures as may be deemed proper for the maintenance of good ethics and standards in the practice of medical technology Investigation of such violations of this Act or the rules and regulations; issued subpoena and subpoena duces tecum Draft such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provision of this Act
  15. SECTION 12: REMOVAL OF THE BOARD Any member of the Board may be removed by the President of the Philippines for the ff. reasons: .Neglect of duty Incompetency Malpractice or unprofessional Unethical Immoral or dishonorable conduct Opportunity to defend himself The President shall have the power to suspend and appoint a temporary member of the place
  16. SECTION 13: ACCREDITATION OF SCHOOLS OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY AND OF TRAINING LABORATORIES Department of Education shall approve schools of medical technology in accordance with the provisions of this Act. The Department of Health or its authorized agency shall upon recommendation of the Council of Medical Technology Education approve laboratories for accreditation as training laboratories for Medical Technology students or postgraduate trainees. Required fields for accreditation: Bacteriology Serology Parasitology Hematology Biochemistry Scope of activities of said laboratory offers sufficient training in laboratory procedures 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  17. SECTION 14: INHIBITION AGAINST THE PRACTICE OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY a) Duly registered physicians Medical technologists from other countries call in consultation or visit or exchange professors to colleges or universities: provided, that they are only practicing the said function Medical technologist in the service of the United States Armed Forces stationed in the Philippines rendering services as such for members of the said forces only. No person shall practice or offer to practice medical technology without previously obtaining a valid certificate of registration from the Board registration shall not be required for the following:
  18. SECTION 15: EXAMINATION Greater Manila Area Cebu Davao Examination is given during the month of August and September Written notices of such examination shall be published in at least (3) three newspaper of national circulation by the Secretary of the Board at least (30) days prior to the date of examination Written examination shall be given by the Board in the ff. Location:
  19. SECTION 16: QUALIFICATION OF EXAMINATION a) Is in good health and is of good moral character. Has completed a course of at least (4) four years leading to the degrees of BSMT/BSH. Persons having graduated from other paramedical professions who are performing medical technology for the last five years before enactment of this Act provided they meet the minimum requirements exceeding (1) one-year undergraduate internship or practical training. Every applicant for examination under this Act, shall before the date thereof, furnish the Board satisfactory proof that he or she:
  20. SECTION 17: SCOPE OF EXAMINATION Clinical Chemistry ………………………….20% Microbiology & Parasitology…………..20% Hematology…………………………………….20% Blood Banking…………………………………20% Clinical Microscopy (Analysis of Urine and Body Fluids)……………………………………10% Histopathologic Techniques, Cytotechnology, Medical Technology Laws, Related Laws and its implementing rules, and the code of ethics ……………………10% The examination questions shall cover the following subjects with their respective relative weights:
  21. SECTION 18: REPORTING OF RATING Within 120 days after the completion of the examination, report the result thereof to the Commissioner of Civil Service, who shall submit the result to the President of the Philippines for approval.
  22. SECTION 19: RATING IN THE EXAMINATION In order to pass the examination, a candidate must obtain a general average of at least (75) seventy-five percent in the written test, with no rating below fifty percent in any major subjects Provided, that the candidate has not failed in at least sixty percent of the subjects computed according to their relative weights. Failing the board exam for three times = 12 months refresher course in an accredited medical technology school or 12-month postgraduate training in an accredited laboratory Universities offering Refresher Course Centro Escolar University –Professional and Continuing Education Trinity University of Asia 1. 2.
  23. SECTION 20: OATH TAKING All successful examinees shall be required to take a professional oath before the board or before any person authorized to administer oaths prior to entering upon the practice of medical technology in the Philippines.
  24. SECTION 21: ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION Every applicant who has satisfactorily passed the required examination for medical technologist shall be issued to any successful applicant who has attained the age of twenty-one (21) years old. All certificates must be signed by the members of the board and attested by its Secretary. The certificates must be displayed in the workplace of the Medical technologist.
  25. SECTION 22: FEES The Board shall charge each applicant for examination and registration the sum of fifty (50) pesos Twenty-five (25) pesos for each certificate of registration issued without prior examination Ten pesos (10) for issuance of a new certificate to replace a certificate lost, destroyed, or mutilated The Board shall charge the sum of all such fees shall be paid to the disbursing officer of the Civil Service Commission who shall pay from the receipts thereof, all authorized expenses of the Board including the compensation of each member.
  26. SECTION 23: REFUSAL TO ISSUE CERTIFICATE Convicted by the court of competent jurisdiction of any guilty of immoral or dishonorable conduct Incurable communicable diseases Unsound mind The board shall refuse to issue a certificate of registration to any person with the ff. reasons:
  27. SECTION 24: ADMINISTRATIVE INVESTIGATION Revocation or suspension of Certificates shall be conducted under administrative investigation by at least two members of the Board and one legal officer during the said investigation. Revocation – a unanimous vote of all the three members Reprimand or Suspension – majority vote of the board ( but not exceeding two years of suspension) If revocation or suspension is imposed by the Board, the medical technologist is required to surrender his license and certificate of registration within 30 days after the decision becomes final. The suspension shall run from the date of such surrender.
  28. SECTION 25: APPEAL The revocation or suspension of a certificate made by the Board shall be subject to appeal to the Civil Service Commissioner whose decision shall become final thirty (30) days after its promulgation unless the respondent within the same period has appealed to the office of the President of the Philippines.
  29. SECTION 26: REINSTATEMENT, REISSUE OR REPLACEMENT OF CERTIFICATES The Board may, upon application and for reason deemed proper and sufficient, reissue any revoked registration certificate. The suspension of a certificate of registration shall be automatically lifted upon the expiration of the period of suspension and said certificate shall be re-issued to the medical technologist concerned upon request.
  30. SECTION 27: FOREIGN RECIPROCITY No foreigner shall be admitted to the examination, be given a certificate of registration, or be entitled to any rights and privileges under this Act unless the country or state in which he is a subject or citizen permits Filipino Medical Technologists to practice within its territorial limits on the same as the subject citizen of said country or state.
  31. SECTION 28: ROSTER OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST A Roster of Medical Technologists shall be prepared annually by the Secretary of the Board. The roster shall contain the name, address, and citizenship of each registered Medical Technologist, date of registration or issuance of the certificate, and other data which in the opinion of the Board are pertinent.
  32. SECTION 29: PENAL PROVISIONS Without prejudice to the provision of the Medical Act of 1959 as amended, pertaining to illegal practice of Medicine, the following shall be punished by a fine of not less than two thousand (2000) pesos nor more than five thousand (5000) pesos, or imprisonment for not less than six (6) months nor more than two (2) years, or both, in the discretion of the court.
  33. SECTION 30: SEPARABILITY CLAUSE If any provision of this Act or the application of the such provision to any person or circumstance is declared invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this Act or the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected by such declaration. in case any one or more of the provisions contained shall be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable, the validity, legality, and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.
  34. SECTION 31: REPEALING CLAUSE All Acts, executive orders, rules and regulations, or parts thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed: Provided, However, That nothing in this Act shall be construed as repealing or amending any portion of the Medical Act of 1959 (R.A. 2382, as amended by R.A. 4224), the Clinical Laboratory Act of 1966 (R.A. 4688), and the Blood Banking Law of 1956 (R.A. 1517).
  35. SECTION 32: EFFECTIVITY This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
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