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The DC Code: § 44-210 Cytology screening.

Index44 Charitable and Curative Institutions. (Refs & Annos)

The Mayor shall adopt rules pursuant to § 44-213 that:

Limit the number of slides a cytotechnologist may examine to no more than 100 in a 24-hour period, irrespective of the site or clinical laboratory;
Prohibit cytotechnologists from examining slides at any building not owned or used by a licensed clinical laboratory;
Require clinical laboratories to rescreen no less than 10% of all negative pap smears, and require that pap smear rescreening be performed by a supervisory level cytotechnologist;
Require clinical laboratories rescreen all negative noncervical smears, and require that noncervical smear rescreening be performed by a supervisory level pathologist;
Require clinical laboratories to reject improperly prepared smear specimens, make appropriate comments regarding the quality of the specimen, and maintain records on improperly prepared specimens for 5 years subject to review by the Mayor;
Require clinical laboratories to maintain and store for 5 years from the date of examination any smear slide that was examined for disease or disease agents; and
Require all smear specimen reports to be retained for at least 10 years.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 32-1510. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 16-33, rewrote par. (1), which had read as follows: "(1) Limit the number of slides a cytotechnologist may examine per day;" Emergency Act Amendments For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 5012(i) of Fiscal Year 2006 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2005 (D.C. Act 16-168, July 26, 2005, 52 DCR 7667). Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 7-182, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 44-201. For Law 16-33, see notes following § 44-504. DC CODE § 44-210 Current through December 11, 2012


(Mar. 16, 1989, D.C. Law 7-182, § 11, 35 DCR 7718; Oct. 20, 2005, D.C. Law 16-33, § 5012(i), 52 DCR 7503.)