AUSTIN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) and Representative Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin) have filed a bill which would ensure all Texans have access to licensed and qualified medical laboratory technicians for better patient safety.
Senate Bill 761 by Lucio, and House Bill 2297 by Naishtat would require that all clinical laboratory testing technicians be licensed by the state. Currently, neither Texas nor federal law set minimum standards for such personnel.
According to the Texas Association for Clinical Laboratory Science, requiring licensure will improve individual patients' healthcare outcomes. Licensure ensures that all clinical laboratory technicians receive uniform minimum training. Thus, patients can be better assured that they will not be subjected to unnecessary, inappropriate, and improper treatments.
Senate Bill 761 and House Bill 2297 would create a licensing procedure for clinical laboratory technicians, and establish minimum competency and education standards. The bills would require that licensing begin in 2015.