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Certification Boards for Laboratory Directors of High Complexity Testing

The qualification for a laboratory director of high complexity testing at 42 CFR 493.1443(b)(3)(i) is that the laboratory director must hold an earned doctoral degree in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science from an accredited institution and be certified and continue to be certified by a board approved by HHS.  The current approved boards are the following:

  1. ABB – American Board of Bioanalysis 
  2. ABB public health microbiology certification
  3. ABCC – American Board of Clinical Chemistry
  4. ABCC 24-month Commission on Accreditation in Clinical Chemistry (COMACC) accredited program
  5. ABFT – American Board of Forensic Toxicology (limited to individuals with a doctoral degree)* 
  6. ABHI – American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
  7. ABMG – American Board of Medical Genetics
  8. ABMLI – American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology
  9. ABMM – American Board of Medical Microbiology
  10. NRCC – National Registry of Certified Chemists (limited to individuals with a doctoral degree) *

 * These boards certify non-doctoral individuals also.