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by  Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

At the September 19, 2014 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the RCAP and PARC, the following items were addressed:

  • The Board voted to adopt changes to the HT Standards to require accredited programs to award graduates an associate’s degree OR a certificate for students who already hold an associate’s degree or higher. This proposal was previously released to the public for 30 days with a request for comment. The Board reviewed all of the comments submitted prior to adopting the changes.
  • The ASCP-BOC was approved to be added to the list of approved certification agencies for phlebotomy program directors holding certification as phlebotomists. This will appear in the Standards Compliance Guide PBT Unique Standard VII, Accompanying Documentation section available on at The approval does not change the Standards for phlebotomy programs. Phlebotomy program directors holding MLS or MLT ASCP-BOC certification remain eligible for the position.
  • A number of editorial and formatting changes to the Standards Compliance Guide and the Guide to Accreditation and Approval were adopted. The updated documents will be available on the NAACLS website at
  • The composition and responsibilities of the Board Quality Assurance (QA) standing committee were clarified. The QA Committee membership includes Board members appointed by the President and Board liaisons from the RCAP, PARC and DRC. In addition the President, NAACLS CEO, and chairs of the RCAP, PARC, and DRC serve as ex officio members. The QA Committee 1) reviews accreditation and approval recommendations from the RCAP, PARC, and DRC for accuracy, objectivity and consistency; 2) reviews NAACLS documents and procedures for accuracy, clarity, and consistency; and 3) assists in developing corrective actions in the accreditation and approval processes when the need arises.
  • The Board elected officers for 2014-2015. Continuing in the 2nd year of a 2-year term as President is Fred Rodriguez (ASCP representative). The following Board members were elected to 1-year terms: Yasmen Simonian (ASCLS representative) as President-Elect, William Hunt (ASCLS representative) as Treasurer, Sondra Flemming (2-year educator) as Secretary, and Hugh Bonner (4-year educator) as Member-at-Large. Continuing on the Board in the role of immediate Past-President is Jerry Phipps (AAPA representative).


by Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD, Chief Executive Officer

Most program officials are probably familiar with the roles and responsibilities of site visitors and many are aware of the activities of the Review Committee on Accredited Programs (RCAP) and the Program Approval Review Committee (PARC). But how many know of the work of the Quality Assurance Committee? The Quality Assurance (QA) Committee is a standing committee of the NAACLS Board of Directors and is mandated to meet prior to every Board meeting. The overarching goals of this committee are 1) to support an ongoing quality enhancement program that addresses quality in the accreditation and approval processes, and 2) to identify, prioritize, and resolve problems indentified in those processes. Membership on this committee includes representation from all facets of the NAACLS review processes such that all steps in program reviews come under scrutiny before final decisions are made. Achieving this goal takes a village of NAACLS volunteers and staff.

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By Dianne M. Cearlock, PhD; Chief Executive Officer

At the April 10, 2014 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the RCAP and PARC, the following items were addressed:

  • A letter from the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH), recommending a change to Standard I.D.2.g that would require accredited Histotechnician (HT) programs to culminate in an associate degree or higher, or a certificate for students who hold or complete an associate degree or higher. The Board voted to release the recommended change for public comment. The public comment period will be announced on NAACLS website and is scheduled for June-July, 2014.
  • The NAACLS Annual Volunteer Report is posted on the website for review. The NAACLS Annual Volunteer Report contains a statistical performance analysis of volunteers for programs reviewed in 2013. The report also contains a volunteer information packet, and a public recognition of outstanding volunteers that are acknowledged through the Volunteer Recognition Program. The report indicates a high level of program satisfaction with NAACLS and its services.
  • Several editorial and minor changes were approved for Standard I.D.1-4, Standard II.B, and Standard IV.A.1.d  to improve clarity. The Standards and Standards Compliance Guides as amended may be found on the NAACLS website.
  • Elections to Board, RCAP and PARC positions were held. Re-elected for a second term to the Board is William Hunt (ASCLS representative). Re-elected to the RCAP for a second term are DeAnne Maxwell (MLS Educator) and Evelyn Paxton (MLT Educator). Elected to the RCAP for a first term are Linda Riipi (Two Year Educator), Cheryl Germain (Pathologist Assistant Educator), Mark Bailey (HT Educator), and Mark Edmunds (Clinical Pathologist Educator). Angela Norwood was elected to the PARC for a first term in the position of Phlebotomy Educator.



At the April 11, 2013 meeting of the NAACLS Board of Directors, in addition to accreditation and approval awards recommended by the RCAP and PARC, the following items were addressed:

  • The CHEA Committee on Recognition recommended that NAACLS be granted recognition by the CHEA Board. The CHEA Board is expected to make its’ decision in late April 2013.
  • To ensure that programs outside the United States or its’ territories are sponsored by institutions that meet standards for quality, Standard I.A was amended to include I.A.4 “an Institution recognized by the national government or a regional/national accrediting agency for higher education of the country in which it is located as a post secondary academic institution with degree granting authority (for programs outside the United States)”. Most countries do not utilize a system of regional accreditation or state licensure as does the United States. The Standard change requires foreign-based programs to be recognized by the analogous system used by the country in which the program is located.

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We are pleased to introduce the following new members of the NAACLS Board of Directors, Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP) and Programs Approval Review Committee (PARC):

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NAACLS is seeking candidates for our Board of Directors and Programs Review Committees. The following positions will be open in 2013:

Board of Directors

  • One Public Member


  • One MLT Educator
  • One MLS Educator
  • One CG Educator
  • One Anatomic Pathologist
  • One Four-Year Educator


  • Three PHLEB Educators
  • Two CA Educators

Information on eligibility and responsibilities of the review committee positions is available at: at

Please forward any nominations to the NAACLS office by February 15, 2013. Nominations may be faxed to (773) 714-8886, emailed to, 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 2013.

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Review Committees


July 11-13, 2012

Board of Directors

September 19-21, 2012

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