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H.B. 437





Chief Sponsor: F. Jay Seegmiller

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill enacts the Phlebotomy Certification Act.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    defines terms;
             13          .    requires a phlebotomist to be certified;
             14          .    establishes certification requirements and continuing education requirements for a
             15      certified phlebotomist;
             16          .    grants rulemaking authority to the Division of Occupational and Professional
             17      Licensing (DOPL);
             18          .    requires DOPL to charge a fee to recover the costs of issuing a certification
             19      described in this bill; and
             20          .    describes, and provides penalties for, unlawful or unprofessional conduct.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      ENACTS:
             27          58-83-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             28          58-83-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             29          58-83-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             30          58-83-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31          58-83-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32          58-83-303, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          58-83-304, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34          58-83-305, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35          58-83-401, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36          58-83-501, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             37          58-83-502, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             38          58-83-503, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             40      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             41          Section 1. Section 58-83-101 is enacted to read:

Part 1. General Provisions

             44          58-83-101. Title.
             45          This chapter is known as the "Phlebotomy Certification Act."
             46          Section 2. Section 58-83-102 is enacted to read:
             47          58-83-102. Definitions.
             48          As used in this chapter:
             49          (1) "Certified phlebotomist" means an individual who is certified by the division under
             50      this chapter to practice phlebotomy.
             51          (2) "Phlebotomist" means an individual who practices phlebotomy.
             52          (3) "Phlebotomy" means the practice of withdrawing blood from the human body
             53      through an invasive procedure for a medical purpose, including:
             54          (a) collecting samples for the practice of:
             55          (i) clinical laboratory testing and analysis; or
             56          (ii) typing and cross-matching of blood; or
             57          (b) transfusion.
             58          Section 3. Section 58-83-201 is enacted to read:

Part 2. Board

             60          58-83-201. Phlebotomy Certification Advisory Board.
             61          The division shall notify the Health and Human Services Interim Committee if it
             62      determines that there is a need to create, by statute, a Phlebotomy Certification Advisory
             63      Board.
             64          Section 4. Section 58-83-301 is enacted to read:
Part 3. Certification

             66          58-83-301. Certification.
             67          The division shall issue to a person who qualifies under this chapter a certificate as a
             68      certified phlebotomist.
             69          Section 5. Section 58-83-302 is enacted to read:
             70          58-83-302. Qualifications for certification.
             71          A person qualifies as a certified phlebotomist if the person:
             72          (1) is a high school graduate or has a general equivalency diploma;
             73          (2) has successfully completed at least 80 hours of training in phlebotomy, in a
             74      program approved by the division;
             75          (3) passes an examination approved by the division that establishes the person's
             76      competency to practice phlebotomy; and
             77          (4) pays the fee described in Section 58-83-304 .
             78          Section 6. Section 58-83-303 is enacted to read:
             79          58-83-303. Term of certification -- Expiration -- Renewal.
             80          (1) The division shall issue each certification under this chapter in accordance with a
             81      two-year renewal cycle established by rule.
             82          (2) The division may, by rule, extend or shorten a renewal cycle by as much as one year
             83      to stagger the renewal cycles described in Subsection (1).
             84          (3) Each certification automatically expires on the expiration date shown on the
             85      certification, unless the certified phlebotomist renews the certification in accordance with
             86      Subsection 58-1-308 .
             87          Section 7. Section 58-83-304 is enacted to read:
             88          58-83-304. Fee -- Rulemaking authority.
             89          (1) The division may charge a fee, established under Section 63J-1-504 , to recover the

             90      costs of issuing the certificate described in Section 58-83-301 .
             91          (2) The division may make rules, pursuant to Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
             92      Administrative Rulemaking Act, to accomplish the requirements of this chapter.
             93          Section 8. Section 58-83-305 is enacted to read:
             94          58-83-305. Continuing education.
             95          As a condition for renewal of a certification under this part, a certified phlebotomist
             96      shall, during each two-year certification, complete qualified continuing professional education,
             97      as defined by rule made in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
             98      Rulemaking Act.
             99          Section 9. Section 58-83-401 is enacted to read:
Part 4. Certification Denial and Discipline

             101          58-83-401. Grounds for denial of certification -- Disciplinary proceedings.
             102          Grounds for refusing to issue a certification to an applicant, for refusing to renew the
             103      certification of a certified phlebotomist, for revoking, suspending, restricting, or placing on
             104      probation the certification of a phlebotomist, for issuing a public or private reprimand to a
             105      certified phlebotomist, and for issuing a cease and desist order shall be in accordance with
             106      Section 58-1-401 .
             107          Section 10. Section 58-83-501 is enacted to read:
Part 5. Unlawful and Unprofessional Conduct

             109          58-83-501. Unlawful conduct.
             110          In addition to the definition in Subsection 58-1-501 (1), "unlawful conduct" includes:
             111          (1) representing or holding oneself out as a certified phlebotomist when not certified
             112      under this chapter;
             113          (2) engaging in the practice of phlebotomy, unless the person:
             114          (a) is a certified phlebotomist;
             115          (b) is certified or licensed under this title to practice in a profession that includes, in the
             116      scope of practice of the profession, the practice of phlebotomy;
             117          (c) practices phlebotomy, under federal law, in:
             118          (i) the United States armed services;
             119          (ii) the United States Public Health Service; or
             120          (iii) the Veteran's Administration; or

             121          (d) (i) is certified or licensed as a phlebotomist in:
             122          (A) a state, district, or territory of the United States, other than Utah; or
             123          (B) a country other than the United States; and
             124          (ii) (A) is teaching, demonstrating, or practicing phlebotomy in connection with an
             125      educational seminar, if the person engages in this conduct in Utah no more than 60 days per
             126      calendar year; or
             127          (B) is practicing phlebotomy directly related to the person's employment with, or
             128      contract with, an established athletic team, athletic organization, or performing arts company
             129      that plays, practices, competes, or performs in Utah no more than 60 days per calendar year; or
             130          (3) representing oneself as, or using the title of, a phlebotomist, unless the person is:
             131          (a) a certified phlebotomist; or
             132          (b) (i) certified or licensed as a phlebotomist in a jurisdiction other than Utah; and
             133          (ii) does not represent oneself as being a phlebotomist who is certified in Utah.
             134          Section 11. Section 58-83-502 is enacted to read:
             135          58-83-502. Penalty for unlawful conduct.
             136          A person who violates the unlawful conduct provisions described in Section 58-83-501
             137      is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
             138          Section 12. Section 58-83-503 is enacted to read:
             139          58-83-503. Unprofessional conduct.
             140          "Unprofessional conduct" includes:
             141          (1) conduct that is detrimental to the interests of the public;
             142          (2) willful or negligent disclosure of confidential information about which the certified
             143      phlebotomist becomes knowledgeable as a result of, or incidental to, the certified
             144      phlebotomist's practice as a certified phlebotomist;
             145          (3) false or deceptive representation of a certified phlebotomist's skills, competence,
             146      capability, or resources as a certified phlebotomist;
             147          (4) offering, undertaking, or agreeing to undertake an assignment as a certified
             148      phlebotomist for which the certified phlebotomist is not qualified or which the certified
             149      phlebotomist cannot complete as agreed in a professional manner;
             150          (5) the use of any chemical, drug, or alcohol in any unlawful manner or in any manner
             151      which negatively affects the ability of the certified phlebotomist to competently practice as a

             152      certified phlebotomist;
             153          (6) willfully and intentionally making any false or fraudulent interpretation, statement,
             154      or representation in the performance of the certified phlebotomist's duties;
             155          (7) any conduct contrary to the recognized standards and ethics of the profession of a
             156      certified phlebotomist;
             157          (8) gross incompetence in practice as a certified phlebotomist;
             158          (9) violation of any provision of this chapter or rules made to regulate the practice of
             159      phlebotomy; or
             160          (10) conviction of a felony or any other crime that is considered by the division to
             161      represent activity detrimental to the public interest as that interest is reflected in the person
             162      continuing to practice as a certified phlebotomist.

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