The governing boards of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) have announced an agreement in principle for a strategic integration.

According to the societies, the agreement in principle establishes a framework to realize operational efficiency, eliminate redundancies, and improve access to important educational content while maintaining the traditions and cultures of each. 

Under the agreement, the ARRS and ACR will integrate their education missions. The ARRS will focus on developing and delivering scientific and educational programs, while the ACR will concentrate on government advocacy, economics and health policy, quality and safety, and clinical research.

“ACR and ARRS have worked collaboratively for years, and this bold step will serve to strengthen and unify our efforts even further,” said James H. Thrall, M.D., chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors.
“The guiding principle of the affiliation is to build on the complementary strengths of both organizations while adding value to the membership,” said John K. Crowe, ARRS president. Both governing boards will continue their respective roles and responsibilities with cross representation on each board.
After details are finalized, the proposal will be presented to the ARRS membership in April for consideration. If approved, the new framework will take effect July 1.