As a clinical laboratory professional in the state of Florida, you are bound by several statutes and regulations. These statutes and regulations are intended "to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the people of this state from hazards of improper performance by clinical laboratory personnel.”
This program summarizes the major pieces of legislation that govern clinical laboratory personnel in Florida and explains how these statutes and regulations affect you and the performance of your job. These are:
1.Chapter 456, Florida Statutes: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions.
2. Chapter 483, Part III Florida Statutes: Clinical Laboratory Personnel, and
3. Rules: Division 64B3, Florida Administrative Code (abbreviated Fla. Admin. Code
Ann. r. ####).
There are other regulations that apply to the operation of clinical laboratory facilities in Florida. This is the regulation that governs operation of clinical laboratories:
Rules: Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 59A-7
This regulation works in conjunction with the personnel regulation but will not be directly addressed in this course.
Important: This course is only a brief summary of Florida legislation. While every effort has been taken to include all the relevant statutes and regulations, we encourage you to access the following websites for a more in depth review:
1. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Welcome/index.cfm. This is the Florida Legislature’s website. Current and archived statutes may be accessed here.
2. https://www.flrules.org/Default.asp. This website contains notices of Board meetings and proposed regulation changes.
3. http://www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/index.html. This is the website for the Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel.