"We strongly view the CLIA regulations as low level, basement regulations and that we need to operate at a higher level" - This statement came from the Minnesota Licensure Coalition, and the honesty is refreshing. The acceptance of continuously decreasing standards in the industry is unacceptable and the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists in Minnesota is doing something about it.
There is an active group of laboratory professionals in Minnesota working to promote state licensure for medical laboratory technicians and technologists. Their opposition is coming mainly from American Association of Bioanalysts and the Minnesota Hospital Association.
What a surprise! One of those opposing groups is a competitor of properly trained clinical scientists and the other is the group who doesn't want to pay for quality. You can read more about the Minnesota Licensure Coalitiaton here.