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Code for Credentialing Health Information Professionals

To recognize the personal investment of time and effort required for exemplary professional performance and contributions to the advancement of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and the profession from the entry level throughout one's professional career, MLA hereby presents a Code for the Credentialing of Health Information Professionals.

  1. In accordance with the provisions of Article X of the Bylaws of MLA to confer recognition for levels of achievement, the association will grant credentialing to duly qualified persons under the conditions stated below. Different levels of accomplishment will be recognized by different levels of credentialing.
  2. Credentialing at the Provisional Level will be granted under the following conditions:
    1. American Library Association (ALA)-accredited M.L.S. or An accredited post-baccalaureate degree with documented coursework in all Professional Competencies AND
    2. Less than five years of relevant post-baccalaureate degree experience in the health information field

    Provisional academy membership is for one year only. However, it may be renewed annually up to four times, or until the Provisional Member has been employed in a health information position for five years, whichever comes first.

  3. Initial credentialing at the Member Level or above is open to persons who exceed the minimum for credentialing at the Provisional Level. The Member level or above will require:
    1. ALA-accredited M.L.S. or an accredited post-baccalaureate degree with documented coursework in all Essential Areas of Knowledge AND
    2. Five or more years of relevant post-baccalaureate degree experience in the health information field AND
    3. Professional accomplishments.
  4. Renewal of credentialing at the Member Level or above will be required every five years. Renewal at the same level will require satisfactory completion of the requirements for initial credentialing at the member level. Members advancing one or more levels at the time of renewal must fulfill the requirements for the desired level.
  5. There shall be a Credentialing Committee appointed by the Board of Directors to recommend guidelines for governing the MLA program of credentialing.
  6. There shall be an Appeals Panel appointed by the Board of Directors to review and decide cases where candidates for credentialing or credentialing renewal question interpretations made by the Credentialing Committee.
  7. Individuals with foreign post-baccalaureate degrees or with non-health science library experience may apply to MLA for consideration of their credentials in terms of equivalencies.
  8. Credentialing granted by MLA shall not confer or purport to confer upon any person any degree, legal qualification, privilege, or license, nor purport to be issued by or in pursuance of or by virtue of any statutory or governmental sanction or authority. Recipients of credentialing shall not by virtue thereof become members of MLA nor shall they be entitled by virtue thereof to vote on any matters whatsoever.
  9. Each applicant for credentialing shall be required to sign a pledge absolving MLA, and its members, examiners, officers, and agents from any damage or complaint by reason of any action they, or any of them, may take in connection with this application and/or the failure of said association to issue a certificate of credentialing.
  10. Any certificate of credentialing may be revoked at any time, for cause, by order of MLA. A hearing shall be granted on request of the person whose certificate is in question.
  11. A fee shall be paid to MLA for each certificate issued by MLA.

Revised May 1993