BOARD OF CLINICAL LABORATORY PRACTICE
[Authorized: NDCC Chapter 43-48]
The Board of Clinical Laboratory Practice was created in 1989 (S. L. 1989, Ch. 538) for the purpose of licensing and regulating clinical laboratory personnel, implementing penalties, and providing for appropriations.
The Board maintains an office in Bismarck, and employs an executive director and additional professional and secretarial staff. The Board conducts and approves licensing and certification for examinations, issues and renews the licenses, establishes and collects fees, investigates violations, carries out disciplinary measures, authorizes all administrative expenditures, and establishes and approves the criteria for continuing education of clinical laboratory practitioners.
The Board consists of seven members who serve three-year terms. Each must be a resident of the state for at least two years and currently be engaged in their area of practice. Of the seven members selected, one is a physician laboratory director who is chosen from the list of three candidates recommended by the North Dakota Pathology Organization. An additional three are selected from a list of nine members presented by the North Dakota Society for Medical Technology and include a non-physician laboratory director, a clinical laboratory scientist, and a clinical laboratory technician. Additionally two consumer members are appointed who are current residents and have resided in the state for at least two years. The ex-officio member is the State Health Officer or a designee. Members take the oath required by civil officers and hold office until a successor is appointed. A vacancy is filled by appointment. The Governor appoints and may remove a board member. The removal process consists of a written statement that addresses the reason for removal. A hearing may be held.
The Board is authorized to appoint a subcommittee to assist, advise, and make recommendations to the Board. Fees for license application, license, renewals, late renewals, and limited permits are set by the Board. The fees compensate the Board for the services provided. Meetings are held at least once during the first three months of the calendar year and if necessary an additional meeting may be held before the end of the year. Other meetings may be called by the chairman as needed.
All clinical laboratory scientists or medical technologists or specialists, as well as clinical laboratory technicians or medical laboratory technicians, students, and others must meet the requirements and qualifications of the Board prior to applying for a license [NDCC 43-48]. With few exceptions, a current license must be held by the practitioner. The Board may revoke a permit or license for unprofessional conduct (S. L. 1989, Ch. 538).
1989 Creation of the North Dakota Board of Clinical Laboratory Practice provides for the licensing of clinical laboratory personnel (S. L. 1989, Ch. 538).
2009 Violation by a practitioner is considered a class B misdemeanor (S. L. 2009, Ch. 359).
2013 Three new sections added to the Century Code related to licensing requirements or exemptions for clinical laboratory practitioners. The terms of service for serving on the North Dakota Board of Clinical Laboratory Practices were amended to include a provision to “grandfather in” those already practicing in the field (S. L. 2013, Ch. 334).
North Dakota Board of Clinical Laboratory Practice Website.
North Dakota Century Code.
North Dakota Secretary of State Blue Book.
North Dakota State Legislature Session Laws.
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