Occ. Code 6232100
laboratory consultant, GRADE 22
clinical laboratory consultant, GRADE 25
New York State Department of
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES
Positions in this
title series inspect clinical laboratories, blood
banks, tissue banks, physician office laboratories, and other specialized
facilities that conduct point-of-care testing, to assess whether laboratory
practices comply with applicable New York State and/or federal laboratory standards. Incumbents of these
positions conduct on-site investigations, evaluate facility operations based on
New York State laws and
regulations, document findings, perform follow-up activities, and investigate
alleged laboratory violations and reported incidents.
positions are located in the Wadsworth Laboratories within the Department of
Health (DOH), and are classified in various locations throughout the State.
LABORATORY CONSULTANT: full performance level; performs inspections,
evaluations, and investigations of laboratories, blood banks, tissue banks, and
CLINICAL LABORATORY CONSULTANT: first supervisory level; provides supervision
and training to Clinical Laboratory Consultants and/or other technical or
investigative positions within a regulatory program.
Specialists perform a wide variety of laboratory sampling, testing and data collection
activities; coordinate laboratory testing or
research activities; and/or direct specialized laboratory programs.
Scientists perform basic research involving the formulation, conduct, analysis,
interpretation, and reporting of scientific investigations of phenomena or
problems with applications in specialized subject matter fields in the medical,
biological and behavioral sciences. Such work typically results in
publishable contributions to the scientific field under study.
Laboratory Consultants are field positions responsible for on-site inspection
of laboratories which perform environmental analysis. They conduct on-site
assessments, evaluate the performance of environmental facilities, document
findings, perform follow-up activities, and investigate alleged laboratory
violations and reported incidents.
Conduct initial and follow-up
inspections of clinical laboratories and point-of-care facilities to ensure
compliance with state standards for such operations.
- Report findings through a
narrative description of findings and listings of deficiencies.
- Provide summary analysis of
inspection findings to laboratory directors and technical staff indicating
where the facility fails to meet mandated standards for equipment use.
- Test procedures and quality
control/quality assurance standards and recommend remediation action.
Participate in a variety of
activities related to the regulation and licensing of facilities where special
laboratory expertise is needed.
- Develop amendments to existing
regulations and laboratory standards affecting the operation of clinical
laboratories and point-of-care testing sites.
- Collect and collate data on
laboratory, blood bank, and/or tissue bank activities.
- Review requests for licensure
involving the evaluation of staffing qualifications and laboratory
standard operating procedures.
- Review laboratory plans of
correction to determine if the remediation proposed by a facility is adequate
Provide technical and
administrative guidance to regulated parties, Department staff, and other
- Serve as an expert witness at
legal proceedings against non-compliant facilities.
- Represent the Department and/or
participate as a speaker at conferences and seminars relating to clinical
- Train other Clinical Laboratory
Consultants, or other technical and/or investigative staff in specialized
- Evaluate standard operating
procedures and staff qualifications.
CLINICAL LABORATORY CONSULTANT
May perform any of the duties of
a Clinical Laboratory Consultant.
Supervise subordinate staff.
- Provide supervision, guidance,
and oversight to subordinate staff, and intervene and resolve problems as
- Determine and oversee staff
- Approve leave and track time
- Review, monitor, and evaluate staff
- Complete performance
- Identify training needs and arrange for provision
and direct program activities by setting priorities and deadlines.
Provide in-service training to
Clinical Laboratory Consultants.
- Conduct follow-up inspections
as a quality control measure to assure that subordinate Clinical
Laboratory Consultants are meeting performance expectations.
- Provide in-service training
concerning regulations, administrative policies and procedures, laboratory
equipment and test methodologies.
- Participate in laboratory
surveys with Clinical Laboratory Consultants to evaluate performance and
recommend appropriate modifications to improve on-site survey performance.
- Provide remedial training for
Clinical Laboratory Consultants who may be deficient in any area of
- Prioritize facility inspections
when conflicts occur.
Participate in a variety of
activities that require special laboratory expertise.
- Develop and prepare
regulations, testing, and inspection standards.
- Assist with the development of
program inspection standards and evaluation criteria, and review plans of
corrections for compliance with laws and regulations.
- Conduct surveys and
investigations of facilities with complex issues or materials.
- Bachelor's Degree in medical
technology; or successful completion of 90 semester hours meeting the
specific requirements for entrance into and successful completion of a
course of training, of at least twelve (12) months, in a school of medical
technology approved by the Council on Medical Education of the American
Medical Association; and six (6) years of post-bachelor's and/or
post-training technical experience in a clinical laboratory or blood bank;
- Bachelor's Degree in a
chemical, physical, or biological science; or successful completion of 90
semester hours, including 16 semester hours in chemistry courses, which
included at least six (6) semester hours in inorganic chemistry and are
acceptable toward a chemistry major, 16 semester hours in biology courses
which are pertinent to the medical sciences and are acceptable toward a
major in the biological sciences, and three (3) semester hours of
mathematics; and seven (7) years post-bachelor's and/or post training
technical experience in a clinical laboratory or blood bank; OR
- Master's Degree in medical
technology or in a chemical, physical, or biological science and four (4)
years of post-master's technical experience in a clinical laboratory or
blood bank; OR
- Doctoral degree in a chemical,
physical, or biological science or NYS license to practice medicine (M.D.)
or osteopathy (D.O.) and two (2) years of post-doctoral technical
experience in a clinical laboratory or blood bank.
CLINICAL LABORATORY CONSULTANT
Promotion: one year of permanent competitive service as a Clinical Laboratory
Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and
responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not
include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The
minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at
the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division
of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification
requirements for appointment or examination.