Why do we need licensure?
- Certification (i.e., ASCP or AMT) isvoluntary and not required by Texas or federal law. Licensure would help ensure persons performing moderate and high complexity tests on patient specimens are at least minimally qualified.
- A 2007 survey of Texas laboratory managers found that more than 1-in-4 MT’s and MLT’s were 55 or older. This survey also found vacancies for MT’s and MLT’s take 6 to 12 months to fill on average. As older lab professionals retire, more managers and directors will be pressured to hire non-certified staff. Since Texas is a non-licensure state, this is perfectly legal under CLIA alone.
- Persons fired for negligence or criminal behavior and individuals using aliases – there is no mechanism to keep such person from being employed by Texas laboratories because we are not a licensed profession in the state of Texas.
- Federal and state dollars are spent on recruitment and retention initiatives, loan forgiveness, and scholarships/stipends for LICENSED healthcare professionals that increase the number of graduates
Very simple ways you can help in the fight for licensure. Get your voice heard.
- The Government Action Committee is working hard to draft a licensure bill that serves the interest of the lab AND the public through continued quality.
- To get legislator support, we need a grass-roots movement of laboratorians, lab managers, physicians, and educators.
- Show your support by signing the petition
- "Like" our Facebook Page Laboratory Professional Licensure in Texas
- With Texas legislative sponsors we hope to get the bill heard in the Public Health Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee
- At strategic times we will need supporters to call legislators, write letters to their newspapers, attend committee hearings, and generate buzz.
- Check this website http://texaslabquality.org often for updates on when your action will help the most
- Contact a member of the Government Action Committee to get answers not found in the FAQ section, more statistics, or voice concerns.