Regulation of medical illustrators – setting standards and protecting patients

An important change takes place at the end of this month which means that medical illustration (clinical photography, videography and medical art/design) becomes a profession regulated by the PSA. This follows an announcement by The Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) and the Committee for the Accreditation of Medical Illustration Practitioners (CAMIP) that endorsement has been received from the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) to extend the AHCS Accredited Register to include Medical Illustrators.

This decision means that individuals previously on the CAMIP Register will now be transferred to the Medical Illustrator part of the AHCS Accredited Register with effect from 31st March 2017. All of Media Studio's Clinical Photographers are CAMIP registered, which means that they will be transferred to the AHCS Register automatically.

Medical Illustrators joining the AHCS Register show commitment to maintaining standards of education, competence and conduct, providing assurance for employers, patients and the public.

Professional Standards Authority accreditation means that the Academy has met the Authority’s demanding standards of governance. These include standards setting, education and training, management of the register, provision of information and complaints handling.

Janet Monkman, AHCS Chief Executive, said “The Academy is delighted to have been able to help such a committed group achieve their ambition and we look forward to welcoming registrants and continuing to work with colleagues at the Institute of Medical Illustrators”.

The CAMIP team met in Birmingham to finalise the announcement. (l to r): Jeremy Nayler, Chair of IMI Education Committee; Carol Fleming, IMI Honorary Secretary & Regulation Lead; Janet Monkman, Chief Executiive of AHCS; Simon Brown, CAMIP Registrar.