Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS)


Our Mission: Improve public health surveillance and practice as well as patient outcomes by advancing clinical laboratory quality and safety, data and biorepository science, and workforce competency.

Our Work

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.
Page last reviewed: April 25, 2020