Public Health Laboratory
Testing includes human specimens for bacteria, parasites, fungi, viruses and other infectious disease agents. Clinical Guide to Services, CLIA certificate and forms for clinical submitters are located in this section.
This laboratory tests for environmental contaminants in samples of water, waste water, sludge, sediment, air, soil, wildlife, vegetation and hazardous waste. Tests are performed for harmful chemicals, bacterial contaminants, and radioactive materials.
Laboratories which generate environmental data for government agencies for regulatory purposes must be certified. The Environmental Laboratory Certification Program certifies laboratories that have provided assurance that appropriate systems are in place to generate reliable data.
The PHL is a member of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) which is a national system sponsored by the CDC and provides standardized protocols and reagents to public health laboratories.
The Minnesota State Public Health Laboratory is coordinating a day-long Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP) Assessment on June 15, 2010.
An integrated network of public and private clinical laboratories working together to protect and improve the health of all Minnesotans.
All babies born in Minnesota are screened for more than 50 treatable, life-threatening, congenital or heritable conditions. Newborn screening, coupled with follow-up treatment and care, prevents or minimizes the long-term effects of disorders that can lead to death, developmental disability, or other serious medical conditions in newborns.