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After 24 years of dedicated service to NAACLS, Gwen James-Oriaikhi retired as of December 31, 2019. Gwen began her employment at NAACLS as an Office Coordinator before transitioning to Program Services. Upon her retirement, Gwen was serving as the Accreditation/Approval Manager as well as Executive Assistant. All of us at NAACLS will truly miss Gwen and her outstanding contributions to the agency.

As of January 1, Program Services staffing and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Mark Spence retains his current role and is responsible for Phlebotomy, Clinical Assistant and DCLS Programs. He is also the Volunteer Services Manager.
  • Russell DeCaluwe is responsible for the MLT programs and will assume responsibility as the Staff Liaison to the Quality Assurance Committee.
  • Michele Stevenson is responsible for the MLS programs and will also serve as Staff Liaison to RCAP and the BOD.
  • Jessica Jasso, who began her employment with NAACLS in November as Office Coordinator, has moved to Program Services and assumed responsibility for HT, HLT, CG, DMS, Pathologist Assistant programs, as well as a number of off- and on-cycle program service functions.
  • Other staff will continue with their present duties.

Please reach out to the office if you have questions.

We look forward to serving all of you in 2020 and wish you a very happy and healthy new year!

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By Peter Hu, PhD, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM,  CGCM, MBCM, FACSc, President, NAACLS Board of Directors

An edited version of Dr. Hu’s message will be published in the NAACLS 2019 Annual Report later this spring. However, we present his message to you at this time as it contains timely information.

Greetings, colleagues! It is time for the NAACLS’ annual “Message From the President.” This is a summary of some of the top activities during this past year.

In the past year, NAACLS continued to offer timely workshops and articles and to plan for new ones based on frequently asked questions. Various published articles such as “Volunteer Week – The NAACLS Site Visit: Tricks-Of-The-Trade” to “Volunteer Week – The Importance of the Self-Study Summary Page” were written to help both the site visit team and the program for a successful site visit process. In addition, we have continued to offer excellent workshops near the headquarters and at CLEC of which many were to “sold out” audiences. These continued events are some of the ways that NAACLS maintains the highest quality on the standard of practices offered in order to maintain successful accreditation and approval processes. To ensure this, our workshop presenters are usually veteran site visitors and/or experienced committee members from the Review Committee on Accredited Programs (RCAP) and Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC).

With the retirement of experienced veterans and promotions of “new” individuals into the role of program directors, the Board of Directors has expressed concern that additional support is required for our programs. To better serve everyone, NAACLS will have an exhibit booth at CLEC to help answer questions. Please stop and see us!

As always, NAACLS cannot do its job without dedicated volunteers. We continue to seek volunteers to be self-study reviewers, site visitors, RCAP/PARC/DRC committee members, and board members. If you have any interest, please check the information on the NAACLS website. We look forward to others joining the team. One of the benefits of volunteering is learning how others have created the top notch programs accredited and approved by NAACLS.  A recent call out for committees was sent in October 2019.  There are 2 Board of Director positions, 7 RCAP positions, 3 PARC positions, and 2 DRC positions that will be coming up for elections. Nominations, which should include completed Candidate Fact Sheets and CVs, should be sent to the NAACLS office by January 15th, 2020. Nominations may also be emailed to Mark Spence, Volunteer Services Manager.  For more information, please visit .

The Accreditation Management System (AMS) project is currently paused awaiting a board appointed task force to review the current state of the project and its future direction. The initial meeting already took place in December and a 2nd meeting will soon follow in January, 2020 with recommendations to the Board. Rest assured, we will move forward.

In other areas from the Board:

  1. Minor edits to the interim report guidelines were approved for clarity and made effective immediately.
  2. The DMS preamble (competencies) were again revised to reflect the emergence of next generation sequencing testing and bioinformatics. An important step to this change is the differentiation between the competencies in diagnostic molecular science professionals working in DMS laboratories and those medical laboratory scientists encountering molecular tests in their MLS disciplined laboratories e.g. blood bank, microbiology etc..
  3. Approved for release for 30 days public comment were edits to standard II.B, IVA.1.D, and V.D. Results from proposed standards changes will be presented in the coming months.
  4. Several policies related to DCLS programs were addressed. For more information, please visit NAACLS News “Board of Directors Update – September 2019” issue:

For those who are attending the CLEC meeting in Orlando, I look forward to robust discussions on laboratory education!

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By Megan Eggert, Meetings and Events Planner

With the new year right around the corner, we wish to remind you that NAACLS is conducting a new workshop titled, “Get Excited About Not Being Cited – The Insiders’ Edition of Commonly Cited Standards,” on February 27, 2020, from 7:00am-12:00pm in Orlando, Florida, in concurrence with the ASCLS Clinical Laboratory Educators’ Conference (CLEC).

The fee for the workshop is $325/person if you register by 1/10/20. We hope you will take advantage of this early registration discount! The fee is $350/person if you register between 1/11/20 to 2/12/20.

This workshop is a unique opportunity to take advantage of the work and data collection done by the NAACLS Board of Directors. Current committee members, Dawn Tripolino and Dale Telgenhoff, synthesized the Board work and will provide an exclusive look at what these data identify as the most frequent citations. Ms. Tripolino and Dr. Telgenhoff will present detailed strategies to assist program directors avoid these frequent pitfalls.

Upon completion of the workshop, and with the opportunity to discuss questions, the participant should be able to:

  1. Examine the overall accreditation/approval processes leading up to potential citation
  2. Related the use of the NAACLS Standards and Compliance Guide to the process
  3. Identify the most commonly cited Standards
  4. Analyze and discuss sample citations
  5. Identify ways to avoid citations by utilizing the Standards Compliance Guide and other NAACLS resources

Please visit for more information and to register (payment and registration is separate from the CLEC). We hope to see you at this NAACLS workshop!

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The NAACLS Board of Directors is requesting public comment for proposed Standards changes. To view the potential Standards changes, as well as the process to submit your comments, please download the files linked below.

Public Comment for Standard V.D

Public Comment for Standard V.A.1

Public Comment for Standard II.B

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At the September 27, 2019 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the Review Committee on Accredited Programs (RCAP) and the Program Approval Review Committee) PARC, the following items were addressed:

  • The long-delayed Accreditation Management System (AMS) project is paused awaiting Board review of the project and its direction. A task force was appointed to review continuation of the project as well as alternative technological improvements. The task force will make recommendations to the Board.
  • Minor edits to the Interim Report Guidelines were approved for clarity. The edits pertained to the summary of changes that occur with the program since the most recent award. These edits are effective immediately.
  • Revisions to the DMS preamble (competencies) were adopted. These revisions help differentiate the competencies in diagnostic molecular science expected for DMS professionals as opposed to those encountered by the medical laboratory scientist. Diagnostic molecular science has had influences on the core laboratory but those technologies do not encompass all the competencies expected of a DMS.
  • Approved for release for public comment were edits to Standard II.B. (Assessment/Outcomes), Standard IV.A.1.d (Publications), and Standard V.D (Operational Policies) with corresponding edits to the Standards Compliance Guide and other documents (as appropriate). Calls for 30 day periods for public comments to these proposed changes will be released by NAACLS shortly.

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NAACLS is seeking candidates for our Programs Review Committees. The following positions will be open for nomination in 2019:


Two Year Educator (must be employed by a two year college but not primarily involved with clinical laboratory sciences)

ASCP Representative – 2

NSH Representative – 1


Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Educator – 2

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Educator – 1

Diagnostic Molecular Scientist (DMS) Educator – 1

Cytogenetic Technologist (CG) Educator – 1

Pathology Assistant Practitioner – 1

Histotechnician/Histotechnologist (HT/HTL) Educator– 1


Phlebotomy Educator – 2

Clinical Assistant Educator – 1

Doctoral Review Committee (DRC)

Doctoral Level Clinical Laboratory Educator – 1

MLS Graduate Faculty – 1

Information on eligibility and responsibilities for the positions, along with Candidate Fact Sheets for those seeking nominations, are available here – membership application.

Nominations, which should include completed Candidate Fact Sheets and CV’s, need to be sent to the NAACLS office by January 15th, 2020. Nominations may emailed to Mark Spence, Volunteer Services Manager, or sent via mail to 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018. Submitted nominations will be forwarded for a vote to the NAACLS Board of Directors in April 2020.

NAACLS is very pleased to introduce its new Board of Directors’ President, Peter Hu, PhD, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, CGCM, MBCM. Dr. Hu has been involved with NAACLS since 2004 and has served NAACLS in many capacities. We are pleased to feature a Q&A with our new Board of Directors’ President:

Please provide a brief synopsis of your professional background:

I am currently Dean Ad Interim in the School of Health Professions (SHP) at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.  I am also a Professor and the founding Director of the Molecular Genetic Technology and the Graduate Diagnostic Genetics Programs at MD Anderson.

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1990 with a major in Psychology. I later received my Master’s degree from Lamar University majoring in Microbiology and subsequently a Doctor of Philosophy from Trident University International in Healthcare Administration and Molecular Genetics.  I hold three specialty clinical certifications in Molecular Biology, Cytogenetics and Clinical Laboratory Science through the American Society for Clinical Pathology. I joined MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) in1995 and have worked in both clinical and academic environments.

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