The Empire State will implement licensure of pathologists’ assistants on November 28, 2017, under new Article 168 of the New York Education Law approved on November 28, 2016. Applicants for the new license will need at minimum a bachelor’s degree in an approved program and will have to pass an examination.

Licensees will be authorized, under the supervision of a physician who practices anatomic pathology, to prepare tissues samples, perform post-mortem examinations, and perform other related tasks to be determined by the State Education Department.

The bill’s sponsor explained that individuals currently doing this work often try to qualify as laboratory technicians under a law that soon going to sunset, even though they are certified by national bodies or hold international medical degrees.

2016 NY Laws Ch. 497