Every magnetic resonance facility must be staffed by competent, credentialed individuals who oversee the physical and operational safety of the MR equipment, environment, and processes. Just as quality assurance mandates accreditation of the MR site itself and its equipment, the individuals responsible for safety in the MR environment must also possess and demonstrate a requisite standardized knowledge base and decision making ability, and be certified accordingly. The ABMRS will maintain the definitive leadership role in ensuring, through testing and certification, the professional competency of the individuals charged with maintaining the safety of all clinical and research magnetic resonance installations. By ongoing active involvement of international MR safety expertise and practitioners, we will also continually strive to create and maintain, to the degree practical and feasible, an international consensus and true standard for such MR safety testing and certification.