About CLMA

Founded in 1976, the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) is an international association of over 1,400 clinical laboratory professionals. CLMA provides support, resources, and advocacy in the clinical laboratory industry, supporting laboratory professionals as they take on leadership roles in their laboratories. CLMA educates and advocates on behalf of members and plays a leadership role in enhancing the image and increasing the visibility of the laboratory management profession.


CLMA empowers laboratory professionals to achieve excellence in leadership through forward-thinking educational, networking, and advocacy opportunities.


CLMA is the premier resource for laboratory professionals, supporting them at any stage of their career.


CLMA's bylaws may be viewed here.

Strategic Plan

Click here to view CLMA's 2019-2021 Strategic Plan.

About CLMA

Core Values

  1. Listen and understand our member’s needs to broaden our collective perspective
  2. Uphold and be responsible to ethical standards
  3. Treat all individuals with respect and dignity
  4. Hold each other accountable for defining and achieving CLMA’s success
  5. Encourage open communication and welcome diversity of opinions
  6. Commit to continuous learning, innovation and evolution
  7. Use data, instinct, and experience to inform future direction
  8. Strive to build trust with our members and stakeholders
  9. Value collaboration and support the will of the majority
  10. Have the courage to challenge the status quo

CLMA Culture Statement

We, the CLMA Board of Directors have committed to the values and behaviors reflected in the statements below: 

Data Based Decisions: The decisions of the Board of Directors are based upon data, combined with instinct and experience.  The Board will ensure that the appropriate financial resources will be available to acquire the necessary data.

Perspective: The Board strives to broaden its collective perspective and does so by listening to others. CLMA members operate in a diversity of environments and the Board strives to understand and represent that diversity as it carries out its duties.

Respect: We assume that the action of each member is based upon good intent.  We are respectful of one another, the laws that govern CLMA, and the ethical responsibility we have as a healthcare association. Every member of the Board is respectful of each other’s time and comes prepared for all meetings.

Conflict of Interest: The Board strives to do what they believe is in the best interest of CLMA, despite their personal and professional interests. Every member of the Board values collaboration and is willing to support the will of the majority.

Externally Focused: The Board is focused on outcomes, not process. Each Board member shares equal accountability for defining and achieving success for CLMA, and establishing clear accountability and decision-making authority.

Staff as Partners: The CLMA headquarters staff are considered a partner of the Board. The CLMA Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer of CLMA and takes direction from the Board. The Board respects the role of the staff and their capabilities. Together, the Board and staff seek to establish clear expectations and role clarity.

Financial Stewardship: The Board serves as a financial steward for CLMA to ensure that revenue exceeds expenses.


 Coordinating Council on the Clinical Laboratory Workforce

CLMA is a proud member of the Coordinating Council on the Clinical Laboratory Workforce (CCCLW). The CCCLW is a coalition of laboratory organizations working together to ensure a high quality workforce.


CLMA is a proud supporter of Lab Tests Online. Lab Tests Online is an award-winning health information web resource designed to help patients and caregivers understand the many lab tests that are a vital part of medical care. T