§ 23-16.3-2 Declaration of policy and
statement of purpose.
It is declared to be a policy of the state that the practice of clinical
laboratory science by health care professionals affects the public health,
safety, and welfare and is subject to control and regulation in the public
interest. It is further declared that clinical laboratories and clinical
laboratory science practitioners provide essential services to practitioners of
the healing arts by furnishing vital information which may be used in the
diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease or impairment and the
assessment of the health of humans. The purpose of this chapter is to provide
for the better protection of public health by providing minimum qualifications
for clinical laboratory science practitioners, and by ensuring that clinical
laboratory tests are performed with the highest degree of professional
competency by those engaged in providing clinical laboratory science services
in the state.
(P.L. 1992, ch. 97, § 1.)