As an advocate, ASCLS actively shapes the environment for laboratory professionals to maximize the efficacy of their efforts on positive patient outcomes. Volunteer leadership defines how the Society aims to shape that environment.
In collaboration with other like-minded stakeholders, ASCLS will ensure the public policy environment (both legislative and regulatory) is conducive to laboratory professionals working fully within their scope of practice and working to expand that scope of practice where it will improve patient outcomes. This includes pressing for high standards that include state licensure and stronger rules on certification.
How a profession is perceived by patients, other healthcare providers and policy-makers impacts the capacity for laboratory professionals to achieve their desired purpose, to themselves, to other healthcare providers, and the public. ASCLS will actively shape public perceptions of laboratory professionals and their contributions to the healthcare system.