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I am please to announce that Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 599 into law on September 21. This is truly an enormous breakthrough for the Cytotechnologists in the state of California. I want to thank everyone for their support.

The new law will become effective on January 1, 2016.  For complete text of the Bill, click AB599, Sept 21 2015.


Matt Riding

CAC President



ASCP supports CAC efforts to advance our profession

ASCP 2015 October 28-30, 2015
Long Beach, CA
 In a special session October 30th
The CAC will join with the ASCP and presents

“California Legislative Update: The CAC, what we have learned and where we are going.”


Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss the impact on workforce and opportunities for cytotechnologists in California due to limited scope of practice.

2. Discuss the legislative process regarding Assembly Bill 599.

3. Discuss the re-organization of the CAC in the wake of Assembly Bill 599

Dear Cytotechnologists and Laboratory Directors,

We are excited to tell you about the latest update at California Association of Cytotechnologists (CAC), and what we have been doing this past year. Please read on!



In 2014, FDA approved HPV-DNA testing as the primary screening test for cervical cancer. Together with the ASCCP recommendation of obtaining Pap smears for women with “Negative pap test” every three years, the number of Pap smears performed will inevitability decline. This change is reflected in a declining job market and the consolidation of big laboratories in California, as well as in the rest of the country.



The answer: To expand our scope of practice to include other higher complexity laboratory

methodologies testing. Unfortunately, California is the ONLY state in the US that has limited the Cytotechnologists scope of practice by prohibiting them to perform any other kinds of higher complexity laboratory testing, such as molecular pathology and genetic testing. This legislative law has put ALL the Cytotechnologists in California in a competitively disadvantaged position. It is also reflected in difficulty and low recruitment rate of bright young students into the Cytology field, as well as providing fewer opportunities for well-trained graduates to remain in California.



CAC is cosponsoring an Assembly Bill with California Society of Pathologists (CSP) to legislatively change the scope of practice for Cytotechnologists in California. With the full support of CSP, along with the other organizations, American Society of Cytopathology (ASC), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and American Society of Cytotechnologists (ASCT), Assembly Bill AB 599 has been introduced by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, who is the Chair of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee in Sacramento, for this legislative session. A link to AB 599 is posted on our website:



CAC will remain as an “ACTIVE” organization to represent ALL Cytotechnologists in California. After introducing it, the second step is to support the Bill. We are urging ALL Cytotechnologists to join, to maintain, or to renew your memberships for this very important initiative!!!

We need to show our support through memberships which tell the State government that we are ALL in this together. It is imperative that this law be changed as soon as possible. Please spread the word and tell all your cytotechnologist friends to join CAC.


Here are a few quotes to share with you:

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”



“You can’t stop the Future, you can’t reverse the Past, the only way to go forward is to Change!”


“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.”

Winston Churchill


Thank you for your support.



Matt Riding

CAC President

Legislative contact Assembly member Susan Bonilla 


Sponsor of AB599  Susan Bonilla, Democrat district 14 

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 4140, Sacramento, CA 94249-0014; (916) 319-2014

District Office

2151 Salvio Street, Suite 395, Concord, CA 94520; (925) 521-1511

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The California Association of Cytotechnologists is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to enable its members and those in related fields to unite their efforts for the advancement and promotion of knowledge of cytology and related areas.

The State association is governed by a slate of officers and a Board of Directors.

The CAC meets annually for a business meeting and a workshop seminar. All of the state educational seminars qualify for California State, IAC and ASC continuing education credit.

Many meetings feature nationally recognized speakers. Exhibitors display new products and techniques.

Entertaining social events are planned for these meetings.




California Association of Cytotechnologists

PMB 332

3144 N. "G" Street #125

Merced, CA 95340-1300