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.
- 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.