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      Our Mission: To strengthen the nation’s clinical and public health laboratory system by continually improving quality and safety, informatics and data science, and workforce competency

      Our Work

      • Quality and safety. Improve the quality and safety of public health and clinical laboratory science and practice.

      • Informatics and data science. Strengthen interoperability and the application of laboratory data and information systems.

      • Training and workforce development. Enhance the competency and sustainability of the public health and clinical laboratory workforces.

      • Biorepository science. Promote excellence in biorepository science to advance population health, patient care, and research.

      Our Services

      • Execute federal responsibilities for managing the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) program in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and FDA.

      • Develop and evaluate standards, guidelines, and recommendations to improve laboratory quality and safety across the nation.

      • Support the advancement of health IT standards— such as harmonizing laboratory testing codes (e.g., LOINC, SNOMED CT)—to enable meaningful comparison of results worldwide.

      • Implement informatics and data science approaches to evaluate laboratory practices and improve access to and analysis of laboratory information that supports clinical and public health outcomes.

      • Provide reliable biorepository services to CDC scientists and collaborators to manage valuable specimen collections and reference materials.

      • Develop, deliver, and evaluate laboratory quality, safety, and informatics training and resources to enhance laboratory workforce competencies.

      • Improve the effectiveness and sustainability of state and local public health laboratories by developing shared systems, fostering regional and national coordination of systems, and supporting collective improvement of testing services.

      Our Programs

      Biorepository Science and Services

      • CDC and ATSDR Specimen Packaging, Inventory, and Repository (CASPIR)

      • CASPIR Advisory Committee

      • CDC Specimen Policy Board

      • CDC specimen and collections policies

      • Genetic Testing Reference Material Coordination Program (GeT-RM)

      Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program

      • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) program

      • Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC)

      • Laboratory Medicine Best Practices Initiative (LMBPTM)

      • Clinical Laboratory Integration into Healthcare Collaborative (CLIHCTM)

      Informatics and Data Science

      • Laboratory Health Information Technology (LabHIT)

      • Public Health Laboratory System Database (PHLSD)

      • Laboratory Informatics Self-Assessment Tool

      • Applied research of laboratory systems and databases

      Training and Workforce Development

      • Laboratory training resource development and evaluation

      • Laboratory competencies and fellowship support

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