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Presidential Decrees :
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PRESIDENTIAL DECREE No. 498 June 28, 1974
AMENDING SECTIONS TWO, THREE, FOUR, SEVEN, EIGHT, ELEVEN, THIRTEEN, SIXTEEN, SEVENTEEN, TWENTY-ONE AND TWENTY-NINE OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 5527, ALSO KNOWN AS THE PHILIPPINE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY ACT OF 1969
WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 5527, An Act Requiring the Registration of Medical Technologists, Defining Their Practice, And For Other Purpose took effect on June 21, 1969;
WHEREAS, in the implementation of said Act, some provisions were found to be prejudicial to the interests of some medical technology practitioners who would otherwise qualify for registration as medical technologist without examination; and
WHEREAS, it was likewise found that some provisions were inadequate to meet the primary objectives of maintaining the high standard of the medical technology profession, hence, there is an imperative need to correct these deficiencies of the said Act.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief of all the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and pursuant to Proclamation No. 1081 dated September 21, 1972, as amended, do hereby order and decree:
Section 1. Subsections (a) and (d) of Sec. 2 of Republic Act No. 5527 are hereby amended to read as follows:
"Sec. 2. Definition of Terms. As used in this Act, the following terms shall mean:
(a) Practice of Medical Technology. A person shall be deemed to be in the practice of medical technology within the meaning of this Act, who shall for a fee, salary or other compensation or reward paid or given directly or indirectly through another, renders any of the following professional services for the purpose of aiding the physician in the diagnosis, study and treatment of diseases and in the promotion of health in general:
1. Examination of tissues, secretions and excretions of the human body and body fluids by various electronic, chemical, miscroscopic, bacteriologic, hematologic, serologic, immunologic, nuclear, and other laboratory procedures and techniques either manual or automated:
2. Blood banking procedures and techniques;
3. Parasitologic, Mycologic and Microbiologic procedures and techniques;
4. Histopatholgic and Cytotechnology; provided that nothing in this paragraph shall inhibit a duly registered medical laboratory technician from performing histopathologic techniques and procedures.
5. Clinical research involving patients or human beings requiring the use of and/or application of medical technology knowledge and procedures;
6. Preparations and standardization of reagents, standards, stains and others, provided such reagents, standards, stains and others are exclusively for the use of their laboratory;
7. Clinical laboratory quality control;
8. Collection and preservation of specimens,
Provided, that any person who shall passed the corresponding Board examination for the practice of a profession already regulated by existing laws, shall not be subject to the provisions of at last four (4) preceding paragraphs if the performance of such acts or services is merely incidental to his profession.
(d) Medical Laboratory Technicians. A person certified and registered with the Board as qualified to assist a medical technologist and/or qualified pathologist in the practice of medical technology as defined in this Act."
Sec. 2. Sec. 3 of the same Act is hereby amended and now to read as follows:
"Sec. 3. Council of Medical Technology Education, Its Composition. There is hereby established a Council of Medical Technology Education, hereafter referred to as Council, which shall be composed of the Commissioner of the Professional Regulation Commission as Chairman, the Chairman of the Board of Medical Technology as Vice-Chairman, and the two (2) members of the Board of Medical Technology, and the Director of Private Education or its duly authorized representative, the Director of the Bureau of Research and Laboratories of the Department of Health, and a representative of the deans or heads of the private schools of medical technology, as members."
Sec. 3. Section of the same Act is hereby amended to read as follows:
"Sec. 4. Compensation and Traveling Expenses of Council Members. For every meeting actually attended, the Chairman shall be entitled to a fifty pesos (P50.00) per diem while the members shall be entitled to twenty-five pesos (P25.00) each regardless of whether or not they receive regular salaries from the government. In addition, the Chairman and members of the Council shall be entitled to traveling expenses in connection with their official duties."
Sec. 4. Sec. 7 of the same Act is hereby amended to read as follows:
"Sec. 7. Medical Technology Board. There is hereby created a Medical Technology Board under the Professional Regulation Commission, which shall thereafter be referred to as the Board composed of a Chairman who is a pathologist, and two (2) members who are registered medical technologists who shall be appointed by the President of the Republic of the Philippines upon recommendation of the Professional Regulation Commission. The Chairman and members of the Board shall hold office for three (3) years after appointment or until their successors shall have been appointed and duly qualified: Provided, That the incumbent members will continue to serve until the expiration of their terms.
In case of death, disability, or removal of a member of the Board, his successor shall serve only the balance of his terms."
Sec. 5. Paragraph 3 and 5 of Sec. 8 of the same Act are hereby amended to read as follows:
"Sec. 8. Qualification of Examiners. No person shall be appointed a member of the Medical Technology Board unless he or she:
1) . . .
2) . . .
3) is a duly registered medical technologist of the Philippines with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology/Bachelor of Science in Hygiene/Public Health;
4) . . .
5) is not a member of the faculty of any medical technology school for at least two (2) years prior to appointment or having any pecuniary interest direct or indirect in such institution."
Sec. 6. Subsection (c) of Section 11 of the same Act is hereby amended and subparagraphs (g), (h) and (l) are hereby added to read as follows:
"Sec. 11. . . .
(c) Issue, suspend and revoke certificates of registration for the practice of medical technology and medical laboratory technician;
(g) To determine the adequacy of the technical staff of all clinical laboratories and blood banks before they could be licensed with the Department of Health in accordance with R.A. No. 4655 and 1517;
(h) To prescribe the qualification and training of medical technologist as to special fields of the profession and supervise their specialty examination conducted by the professional organization of medical technologists accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission;
(i) To classify and prescribe the qualification and training of the technical staff of clinical laboratories as to: Chief Medical Technologist; Senior Medical Technologist; Medical Technologist and Medical Laboratory Technician."
Sec. 7. Section 13 of the same Act is hereby amended to read as follows:
"Sec. 13. Accreditation of Schools of Medical Technology and of Training Laboratories. Upon the recommendation of the Medical Technology Board, the Department of Education and Culture shall approve schools of medical technology in accordance with the provisions of this Decree. The Professional Regulation Commission upon recommendation of the Medical Technology Board shall approve laboratories for accreditations as training laboratories for medical technology students or post graduate trainees upon satisfactory evidence that said laboratories possess qualified personnel and are properly equipped to carry out laboratory procedures commonly required in the following fields: bacteriology, serology, parasitology, hematology, biochemistry and blood banking, and that the scope of activities of said laboratory offer sufficient training in said laboratory procedure."
Sec. 8. Subparagraph (b) of Section 16 is hereby amended to read as follows:
"Sec. 16. . . .
(b) Has completed a course of at least four (4) years leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology or Bachelor of Science in Public Health conferred by a recognized school, college or university in accordance with this Decree or having graduated from some other profession and has been actually performing medical technology for the last five (5) years prior to the date of the examinations, if such performance began prior to June 21, 1969."
Sec. 9. Section 17 of the same Act is hereby amended to read as follows:
"Sec. 17. Scope of examination. The examination questions shall cover the following subjects with their respective relative weights:
|Microbiology & Parasitology||20%|
|Blood Banking & Serology||20%|
|Clinical Microscopy (Urinalysis and other body fluids)||10%|
|Histopathologic Techniques, Cytotechnology, Medical Technology Laws, Related Laws and its implementing rules, and the Code of Ethics||10%|