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3.3.3 The role of the RMA

The RMA is an independent statutory authority responsible to the Minister of Veterans' Affairs and comprising five members eminent in fields of medical science, including one epidemiologist (expert in disease causation).

The RMA determines the SOPs on the basis of sound medical scientific evidence.  This evidence is articulated in causal and/or worsening factors contained within the SOPs.  Hence SOPs take the part of medical opinion or expertise with regard to injury or disease aetiology and ensure that all possible factors are considered when determining liability.

This improves consistency in decision making as cases with similar facts should have the same outcome.