A new law in New York requires pathologists' assistants to be licensed. They will be required to practice under the direction and supervision of a licensed pathologist, thought the pathologist need not be physically present at the time services are performed. Licensure requirements will include education in a pathologists' assistant program, passage of an examination, and determination of good moral character. Those who have bee performing the duties of a pathologists' assistant for two out of the five years prior to the law's effective date will be eligible for licensure via a grandfathering provision. The New York State Department of Education will establish a Committee for Pathologists' Assistants to assist the Board of Medicine in licensing matters.