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Oregon State Public Health Laboratory

The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL) has been actively protecting the public's health since 1903 by supporting state and local infectious disease control efforts, preventing metabolic disorders detectable at birth, and assuring the quality of testing in clinical and environmental laboratories.

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Communicable Disease Testing

The Communicable Disease Testing section provides screening, diagnostic and reference testing (virology, immunology and microbiology) for communicable diseases. 

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Newborn Screening

The Northwest Regional Newborn Screening Program screens newborns for rare but serious health problems like Cystic Fibrosis and other metabolic conditions.

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Oregon Sentinel Laboratory Response Network

OSPHL provides training and support for clinical, food testing, veterinary diagnostic and environmental laboratories (referred to as sentinel labs) that can provide a coordinated and immediate response to biological and chemical threats.

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Clinical Laboratory Regulation

The Oregon Laboratory Compliance Section contracts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to carry out the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). This section also oversees Health Screen Testing permits (HST), and Substance of Abuse (SOA) registrations in Oregon. 

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Environmental Laboratory Accreditation (ORELAP)

The Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ORELAP) accredits qualified environmental testing laboratories in Oregon and throughout the country to national standards.

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Image Library

Browse our library of microphotographic images of parasites taken at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory with a QImaging MicroPublisher 3.3 RTV high resolution Digital Camera mounted on a Leica DMLS microscope.