ASCLS is proud to work with Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT), American Medical Technologists (AMT), and the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) on the Legislative Symposium each year. 

LegDaygraphicThrough this ASCLS tradition that originated in 1989, the members of these organizations meet with their representatives and senators on Capitol Hill as a unified front on behalf of our profession. Each year these leading organizations urge their members and leaders to come to Washington to provide a visible and informed voice, and make our concerns known inside Congress.

Education, Experience, Leadership

The Legislative Symposium provides a great education on the how-tos of lobbying. Attendees are coached on presentation techniques so they can effectively talk to their congressional representatives during their appointments. They are well received in the congressional offices. Attendees return home from Washington with first-hand knowledge of the political system in action and confidence that they make a difference.

The 2019 Legislative Symposium will be held March 18-19 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, VA. Each attendee will receive pre-meeting emails describing the issues to be discussed with their congressional representatives as well as extensive information to be left with each office.

Wondering what the Legislative Symposium is like?

Laboratory professionals at all stages of their careers attend the Legislative Symposium. Programming is built to accommodate everyone's experiences, from first-time attendees to those who know all the secret passages to get around The Hill. Here are views of recent Symposiums.


General Information

Registration is open to members of ASCLS, ASCP, CLMA, AMT, AGT, and NSH.

Early Bird (until 2/15/2019) $250
Regular (until 3/8/2019) $300
Onsite $350

All Symposium events will take place at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, located in historic Alexandria, Virginia; convenient to King Street shops and restaurants, Reagan National Airport, and the King Street Metro stop (Blue and Yellow Lines). A block of rooms has been set aside for Legislative Symposium attendees and will be held until February 22, 2019. Accommodations are $169 for single or double rooms, plus any additional applicable taxes. Make reservations online or call the Hilton directly at 800-445-8667 and mention Hilton Old Town and the event "ASCLS Legislative Conference."

Onsite checkin opens on Monday, March 18, at 7:00 a.m. with the progam beginning at 8:00 a.m. Continential breakfast is served.

On Tuesday, March 19, breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. before heading off to Capitol Hill.

Detailed Agenda

Attendees will earn 6 contact hours for participating in the 2019 Legislative Symposium.

Session Description: 

The Legislative Symposium brings laboratorians together to discuss current issues that face the clinical laboratory. This session will inform the learner of current or potential legislation that can impact the laborary and the steps they can take to communicate their message to congress.  


General Objectives:

Discuss current legislation that impacts the clinical laboratory.

Review ways to voice your concerns about current legistaltion.

Review personnel regulations that effect the current and future practices in clinical laboratories.

Recognize the effects of lowering personnel standards in the laboratory.
Explain how increasing demand for more testing and more complex testing will outpace the small increases in graduates from current training programs over the coming decade. 

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

ASCLS is an approved provider of continuing education by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program.  P.A.C.E. is accepted by the Board of Certification (BOC) Credential Maintenance Program and all licensing states, including California and Florida.