New York State Licensure Update

Legislative Update Date: 
3 Jul 2007

*Originally Published on NYSHS Website*

The NYSHS task force has been working with the Educators group and the DOH over the past few weeks. The DOH more recently contacted us last week regarding our issue with the histology profession. With much communication going back and forth we were added into the amendment put forth by the DOH.

Essentially what the DOH amendment does is take histology out of the Clinical Laboratory Technology and Technician license and has made a special sub group called "Clinical Laboratory Specialists". This would be a separate license and would require the SED to recognize each field, listed under the category, as a separate entity. We will not be classified as a "generalist". Below is a copy of the wording stated in section 8600 -8F of bill S5564-A.

"Clinical Laboratory Specialist" means a clinical laboratory practitioner who performs a specific type of laboratory test, procedure and examination in a licensed clinical laboratory in a category that requires a separate licensure category due to specific needs and changes in laboratory or scientific technology. Specialty categories shall include, but shall not be limited to: chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, microbiology, histocompatibility, immunogenetics, molecular diagnostics, toxicology, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, cytopreparatory techniques, histology, and new born screening. The commissioner of health, in consultation with the commissioner, may designate other specialty categories if he or she determines that such categories are necessary to meet specific needs and changes in laboratory or scientific technology.

To review the amendment in its entirety please access the following link: http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/bstfrmef.cgi

The bill has been submitted into the Senate by Senator Lavalle and into the Assembly by Assemblyman Canestrari. With the session ending on Thursday it may not get re-introduced until the Fall session. That is ok. The first large hurdle is won, now we have to rally support from our legislators' to vote for the bill. If you haven't sent out your letters now is the time to do so. Include your local senators and assemblyman to the list that we gave you.

If you have any questions please post them on the message board and we will answer them to the best of our ability.

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