Definition of a Qualified Medical Physicist

For the purpose of providing clinical professional services, a Qualified Medical Physicist (QMP) is an individual who is competent to independently provide clinical professional services in one or more of the subfields of medical physics. The subfields of medical physics are:

    1. Radiation Oncology Physics
    2. Nuclear Medicine Physics
    3. Diagnostic Radiological Physics
    4. Magnetic Resonance Imaging

where the scope of practice of each subfield is defined by the COMP document, Scope of Practice for Canadian Certified Medical Physicists.

A Qualified Medical Physicist meets each of the following credentials:

  1. Has earned a master's and/or doctoral degree in physics, medical physics, biophysics, radiological physics, medical health physics, or equivalent disciplines from an accredited college or university; and
  2. Has been granted certification in the specific subfield(s) of medical physics by an appropriate national certifying body and abides by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education.


The following certifying bodies have been deemed appropriate:

  1. For the subfield of Radiation Oncology Physics, certification by:
    - The Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine; or
    - The American Board of Radiology; or
    - The American Board of Medical Physics

  2. For the subfield of Nuclear Medicine Physics, certification by:
    - The Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine; or
    - The American Board of Radiology; or
    - The American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine; or
    - The American Board of Medical Physics

  3. For the subfield of Diagnostic Radiological Physics, certification by:
    - The Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine; or
    - The American Board of Radiology; or
    - The American Board of Medical Physics

  4. For the subfield of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, certification by:
    - The Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine; or
    - The American Board of Radiology