Certification Standards for Embryology Laboratory Director (ELD)

To be eligible for certification as an Embryology Laboratory Director (ELD), an applicant must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Hold an earned doctoral degree* from an accredited institution (see rule 11 under General Regulations) with a chemical, physical, biological, or clinical laboratory science as the major subject and have successfully completed 32 semester hours (minimum) in chemistry or the biological sciences acceptable to the board. AND

Have a minimum of two (2) years of experience within the ten (10) years immediately prior to the application date on human specimens directing or supervising embryology testing in an embryology laboratory. This experience must include 60 personally performed, completed assisted reproductive procedures in humans administered under current standards of care. AND

Pass ABB’s examinations in Embryology Laboratory Administration and Embryology.

For the specialty of Embryology, see General Regulations #19

*ELD and TS certification have different requirements. For TS certification individuals who hold an M.D. or D.O. degree, or the equivalent, must also be licensed to practice medicine in at least one (1) state in the U.S. This is not a requirement for ELD certification.

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