As a clinical laboratory professional, your role is vital in the health care process. You provide information to doctors, nurses, and healthcare organizations that is vital to proper patient care. Chapter 483 of the Florida laws establishes the foundation for the laws and rules that govern the practice of laboratory medicine. Chapter 64B3 of the Florida Administrative Code establishes the specific directives of the Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel. Chapter 456 of the Florida laws oversees all the health care professions to bring some consistency among the professions.
Because your role is so important, you must be properly qualified, trained, and licensed for your position. You must also keep up with the latest laboratory techniques and developments by fulfilling continuing education requirements; and you are bound by a code of ethics, which ensures that patient results are accurate, reliable, and free from error and bias.