The Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) will join the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as a division of ASCP, the organizations announced in a news release.
“The agreement includes full integration of CLMA’s offerings, governance, and membership into ASCP. Both organizations worked to develop and mutually approve an alignment agreement that preserves CLMA branding, support for CLMA state chapters, and a governance structure to ensure the voice representing laboratory directors and managers is critically supported,” the organizations said.
ASCP President Henry Rinder, MD, FASCP, said, “"ASCP is committed to the success of this venture and is prepared to expand the offerings necessary to ensure current and next generation laboratory leaders have the resources they need to face challenges and are prepared to position laboratory medicine in the center of healthcare."
CLMA’s board of directors will transition to a newly formed CLMA Advisory Group within a divisional structure of ASCP, with explicitly defined duties and obligations.
The agreement was ratified by a majority vote of the CLMA membership last month. CLMA membership will expire on Dec. 31, 2021, and members will be invited by ASCP to continue their membership, both at the state and national levels.