RE: [Histonet] States that require license

From:"Luis Chiriboga"

Hi everyone
I'm getting into this thread a bit late as I was not receiving Histonet
messages for the last couple of weeks. A colleague mentioned this thread and
I thought I should follow-up. I apologize if this information has already
been posted.

Michelle, I'm not sure what your original post was but I understand there
was some question regarding licensing requirements  and certification in
different states. I can only speak for New York State....

You are correct, NYS now requires any individual working in a clinical
laboratory to be licensed.  This law went into effect last September 06 with
a grand fathering provision that just expired this September. I think its
important to recognize that there is a significant difference between
"licensing" and "certification".  "Licensing" is performed by a government
organization while "certification" can be performed by almost any
organization.  Obviously, the value of a certification is based on the
veracity of the organization providing it.  While it is also true that many
other states view ASCP as a valid certifying agency and, ASCP certification
as a measure of competency, the NYS education department (NYSED) has chosen
not to accept ASCP certification as a means of credentialing for grand
fathering or as a means to establish competency in the absence or presence
of an examination for any laboratory discipline. However, I believe that
NYSED has selected ASCP to create and administer a "generalist" exam based
on the educational curriculum mandated by the NYSED and the Clinical
Laboratory Technology Practice Act.

As the law currently stands in NYS, anyone who was not grad fathered will
have to meet the educational requirements AND take the licensing examination
in order to be employed in NYS (for detail info on the curriculum material,
please see article 165 of the education law

In NYS, this law applies to all clinical laboratory personnel, including
histologist. NYS does not recognize nor require ASCP certification for

For those of you in other states that are considering proposing a licensing
law (I think I saw a message thread from a few on this),  I suggest that you
take a look at the NYS law......
I hope this helps. If you have any questions, please feel free to respond.

Luis Chiriboga PhD., HT (ASCP) QIHC
New York University School of Medicine
NYU Cancer Institute IHC Core Facility
Bellevue Hospital Center
Department of Pathology 4W27
27th Street & First Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10016
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New York State Histotechnological Society

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Michelle
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2007 12:01 AM
Subject: [Histonet] States that require license

Someone in a recent previous post had stated that they thought only one
state required state licensing-I know NY and FL do now. I read in an article
about NY state licensing
law this excerpt:

*With one exception (WV), all states requiring licensure (CA, FL, GA, HI,
LA, MT, NV, ND, PR, RI, TN) recognize the American Society for Clinical
Pathology (ASCP) as an approved certifying agency.*
*Commissioner's regulations require candidates to pass a generalist
examination for CLT and CT. With the exception of the grandparenting period
(through September 1, 2008) specialists without generalist certification
will be required to take a generalist examination to qualify for licensure.*
-I am hoping to find out if this law applies to Histology as well
-If this is an up to date list of the states that require it, if so
-If grandfathered techs in these states had to take ascp or if they took a
different state test to get the state license.
-Is there any site anyone knows about that keeps up to date information on
what all the different states are doing regarding licensure requirements in
our field other than sifting through the archives here at histonet?
Thanks for any input-
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