The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Hawaii State Department of Health (HDOH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last May 2018 regarding the practice of medical technology. The first of its kind regarding the practice of a regulated profession, the signing occurred in two venues (Honolulu, Hawaii and Manila, Philippines).
Under the MOU, the Hawaii Administrative Rules, 11-110, 1-26 requiring a complete one (1) year of full-time experience as a medical laboratory technician in a clinical laboratory acceptable to HDOH, may be waived for a Filipino Registered Medical Technologist (RMT). With satisfactory evidence of education, training and at least two (2) years of full-time work experience in a tertiary level clinical laboratory in the Philippines, a RMT may be given license to practice in the state of Hawaii as a medical technologist without passing through the technician level. A Verification of Certification to be submitted to HDOH is evaluated and approved by the Professional Regulatory Board of Medical Technology through the International Affairs Office at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
The HDOH, through its State Laboratories Division (SLD), is mandated to issue licenses to clinical laboratories and personnel in the state of Hawaii.
With the MOU, the global competitiveness of the medical technologists registered with the PRC is further highlighted.