CDC’s Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)
CDC’s gateway to engage with the laboratory and testing community
- Nov 23. 2022 11/23/2022: Lab Advisory: International Outbreaks of Cholera
- Nov 18. 2022 11/18/2022: Lab Update: Join the next Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS) Call on Monday, November 21 at 3:00 PM ET
- Nov 10. 2022 11/10/2022: Lab Update: Register for a CDC Webinar on Safe Laboratory Testing for Suspected Sudan Virus Disease Specimens on 11/17/2022
- Nov 01. 2022 11/01/2022: Lab Advisory: FDA Updates COVID-19 Antigen Tests – EUA Revision for Repeat Testing
- Oct 31. 2022 10/31/2022: Lab Update: Upcoming CLIAC Meeting, November 9-10, 2022
The CDC Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS) provides timely information to the laboratory and testing community. Topics include emergency preparedness and response, point-of-care testing, specimen collection, antigen testing, biosafety, laboratory data reporting, and regulatory requirements, as well as training and other resources to support your work.
CDC also provides technical assistance and responds to inquiries from the laboratory and testing community. For more information, contact LOCS@cdc.gov.
CDC’s Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS) convenes monthly Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS) calls. The calls are an opportunity for CDC and panelists to provide updates and answer questions. Calls take place on the third Monday of each month at 3:00 PM Eastern time. Audio, slides, and transcripts are posted online after each call. Learn more on the LOCS Calls page.
DLS’s mission is to strengthen the nation’s clinical and public health laboratory system by continually improving quality and safety, informatics and data science, and workforce competency.
DLS works with other CDC programs, federal and state agencies, and professional organizations, to improve quality and safety in clinical and public health laboratories. DLS also strengthens laboratory information systems and laboratory standards to improve clinical and public health outcomes. The division also provides leadership and support to enhance the clinical and public health laboratory workforce through recruitment, retention, management, and training initiatives.
As part of DLS’s scope, LOCS provides an additional opportunity to engage with the laboratory and testing community in a structured and cohesive way.