In a final decision, the European Parliament postponed until 2012 the implementation of a controversial directive that could have drastically restricted the use of MRI, according to a coalition of European MRI advocates.
Physical Agents 2004/40/EC Directive, also known as the EMF (electromagnetic field) Directive, was written to protect workers from the potentially harmful effects of electromagnetic fields, including those produced by MRI systems. But the Alliance for MRI, led by the European Society of Radiology (ESR) of Vienna, believes the proposal would have shut down the use of MRI across the European Union if implemented.
The postponement will allow more time for an amendment to be made, and Parliament's vote moves the process forward. The next step in the legislative process will be a vote at Parliament's Council of Ministers later this month, the Alliance for MRI said.
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