This division of the CDPH Laboratory Field Services is tasked with overseeing standards regarding mandated education, training, examination, licensing, certification, and competency for California laboratory personnel. Currently, more than 65,000 licensed personnel are involved with the LFS in California. Initial and renewal licensure and certification is handled by the Personnel Licensing section. This includes licensing and certifying phlebotomy technicians. The division oversees approximately 600 training programs. Random audits of licensees occur, with the purpose of ensuring continuing education requirements are being completed. As with the Laboratory Licensing and Registration section, the Personnel Licensing section is in charge of any fees related to licensing, certifying, and renewing individual’s qualifications.
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment
The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) section of the LFS takes a lead role in establishing quality standards for clinical laboratory testing in order to ensure that the most effective testing methods are being performed. Accuracy, reliability, and timeliness are three key factors the CLIA takes into account when measuring test quality—they have the goal of maintaining high standards so that a test site does not have a negative effect on any particular results. The CLIA section maintains a partnership with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Inspections are conducted by the CLIA in order to ensure federal guidelines are being followed in California laboratories. More than 800 laboratories are inspected each year.
This section is in charge of overseeing clinical laboratories through on-site inspections. The On-Site Licensing division also constantly monitors proficiency testing performance. Facilities affected include physician offices, clinics, hospitals, independent laboratories, and public health laboratories. While conducting initial and routine inspections, the On-Site Licensing division also investigates complaints made by outside parties. This is certainly the most “hands-on” section of CDPH laboratory field services.
Blood and Tissue Bank Licensing
This division is made up of three components. They include the Blood Bank Program, the Tissue Bank program, and the Cytology program. First, the Blood Bank program provides licensure and monitoring to about 350 facilities. Blood donors and recipients of blood are protected by this program, as they can be assured that their corresponding facilities are in compliance with California’s Health and Safety Codes.
The Tissue Bank program oversees surveillance of facilities associated with collecting, processing, storing and distributing human tissue from living and deceased donors into other human beings. Approximately 850 tissue banks are licensed in California. Finally, the Cytology program surveys cytotechnology laboratories. It makes sure that cytology slides are collected, stained, and screened in a proper fashion. 300 laboratories that specialize in cytotechnology are licensed by this program.
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