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Morken, Timothy Timothy.Morken at ucsf.edu
Thu Sep 1 13:25:28 CDT 2016

Nirmala, Histotechs are not required to have competency assessment under CLIA regulations because, as you note, they do not interpret any tests or report any results. However, if they do grossing then they do require high complexity competency assessment.

Having said that, if there is some concern in an inspection, any deemed accreditation agency (CLIA, CAP or JC) inspector, or state inspector,  can ask how you determine competency of any lab staff member to do any task. It is up to the Laboratory Director to determine how that is done, and how often. An institution may do it differently than the standard CLIA regulations outline, less often and less rigorous, but will need to convince an inspector that it is acceptable. The easiest way is to be sure there will not be any problems is to follow the competency assessment criteria for medium and high complexity - that is accepted and familiar to the inspectors so they should have no problem accepting it for other staff. 

Tim Morken
Pathology Site Manager, Parnassus 
Supervisor, Electron Microscopy/Neuromuscular Special Studies
Department of Pathology
UC San Francisco Medical Center

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What is everyone doing about the Histology Staff competencies.  I know CLIA has several criteria for the med-tech competencies.  Since the Histotechs do not report out results, how is everyone implementing this process.  Any information is greatly appreciated.


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