Proposed Requirements for Currently Accredited Programs

The following rules will go into effect for all currently accredited programs immediately upon approval of the proposed regulations by ComACC.

I. Participation in Annual ComACC Surveys

All ComACC accredited programs are now required to complete the annual ComACC survey.  The survey shall include the following key questions:

  • Detail the current number of trainees in the program and their status
  • Information on training interruptions or lack of progression in fellow training
  • Funding changes
  • Faculty changes (Program Director/Co-Director, or other faculty that provide fellow training)

If Clinical Chemistry Fellowship Programs do not provide survey feedback, or complaints are communicated to ComACC commissioners, ComACC leadership may elect to:

  • Provide program with an official letter of warning with a set deadline for compliance.
  • Continued noncompliance will trigger an off cycle visit at institution’s expense.
  • Deaccreditation

Reinstatement following deaccreditation requires submission of a new application.  In addition, programs seeking reinstatement will be subject to all the requirements established for accreditation of new programs.

II. Inactive Programs

  • If a fellowship program has not trained a fellow in the last three years, the program will be required to provide justification and documentation for continuation, as well as a recruitment strategy to solicit fellows.
  • If a fellowship program has not trained a fellow in the last five years, the program will be converted to inactive.
  • The inactive status will be placed on the ComACC website, until a strategy to re-activate the program is put in place by the program and approved by ComACC.

Currently accredited programs will have 3 years following approval of proposed regulations by ComACC to comply with the following requirements.

III. Funding Resources

  • Any major changes in funding source or status should be communicated to ComACC.

IV. Faculty Requirements

  • Each institution must maintain a 1:1 ratio of ABCC-certified faculty to fellow ratio at all times. Example:  If the program plans to have 2 fellows simultaneously, there must be 2 ABCC certified faculty, regardless of whether the fellows are at the same stage of training, or one senior fellow and one junior fellow.
  • Programs may have up to 1 director and 1 co-director OR 1 associate director.  No more than 2 directors of any kind will be recognized by ComACC.

Program directors must meet all the following qualifications

  • Be a diplomate of the ABCC (NRCC will not be recognized)
  • Have 5 or more years of experience directing a CLIA certified lab
  • Hold a record of appointment at the proposed institution for 1 year or greater prior to application

Co-directors must meet all the following minimum qualifications

  • Be a diplomate of the ABCC (NRCC will not be recognized)
  • Must have 5 or more years of experience directing a CLIA certified lab
  • Hold a record of appointment at the proposed institution for 1 year or greater prior to application

Associate directors must meet all the following minimum qualifications

  • Be a diplomate of the ABCC (NRCC will not be recognized)
  • Hold a record of appointment at the proposed institution for 1 year or greater

Note: The term “assistant director” will no longer be recognized by ComACC

V. Fellow Salary Expectations

  • The fellow salary must be equivalent (within 95%-105%)  of clinical PGY-1 trainees at the institution.  Funds may be supplemented by the Department or other sources, but the fellow salary must be equivalent to a PGY-1 salary.