CDC OneLab

OneLab’s goal is to bridge, train, and sustain a capacity building community among clinical, public health, and CDC laboratory education and training professionals to collectively support emergency responses.

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Overview of OneLab Initiative
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OneLab Network

As part of the OneLab initiative, the OneLab Network was launched as a collaborative network between laboratory training professionals and CDC to:

  • Identify and respond to urgent COVID-19 training needs
  • Share and disseminate free education and training resources to help learners prepare for challenges related to COVID-19 and other public health emergencies
  • Connect clinical laboratories and exchange lessons learned and best practices

Access materials and recordings from prior network meetings.

Upcoming Network Meetings

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OneLab Network Members


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Unique Laboratories Represented


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Stats As of Aug 2021  

Training Needs Assessment

To support the development and dissemination of relevant and timely education and training resources for OneLab, CDC conducted a Training Needs Assessment in February 2021, consisting of an electronic survey and multiple focus groups.


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COVID-19 Training Resource Development

The training needs assessment resulted in the identification of four cross-cutting needs for the clinical laboratory community, and three education and training areas of need: technical topics, preparedness and emergency operations, and crisis leadership.

In response, CDC OneLab is developing new education and training resources, and leveraging existing resources in response to findings, including:

Laboratory Job Aids
eLearning Courses
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COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool

Coming Soon

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Coming Fall 2021—OneLab REACH (Rapid Education and Capacity-building Hub)

  • Targeted and customized learning management system specifically for clinical laboratory professionals
  • Free COVID-19 relevant education and trainings resources
  • Continuing Education Units available (including P.A.C.E.®)
  • Mobile-friendly with downloadable materials
OneLab VR Training

Coming 2022

  • Virtual multiplayer clinical laboratory environment
  • Apply, assess, and improve skills in an open world environment
  • Compatibility with OculusQuest2 headset at launch

Available Now – LabTrainingVR: Biosafety Cabinet Edition

  • OneLab Network: Supply Chain Lessons Learned and Q&Aexternal icon – October 28 | 1 to 2 PM EST
  • Intro to Laboratory Risk Management eLearning – available Fall 2021
  • Laboratory Communications Toolkit – available Fall 2021
  • Sensitivity and Specificity Job Aid – available Fall 2021
  • Training of Trainers on Point of Care Testing – available Fall 2021
  • OneLab Summit – coming Spring 2022

Continue to check the OneLab website for updates on new resources, events, and ways to connect with our growing ongoing learning community!


For more information on CDC’s OneLab initiative, please email

Page last reviewed: October 14, 2021