The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) works worldwide to develop effective national laboratory systems and expand access to quality diagnostic testing services.

APHL is a national non-profit representing US governmental laboratories conducting tests of public health significance. APHL collaborates with ministries of health to support laboratory strategic planning, develop and strengthen national laboratory systems, establish twinning partnerships, implement laboratory information management systems, and provide quality assurance programs and training.

APHL’s mission is to shape national and global health outcomes by promoting the value and contributions of public health laboratories and continuously improving the public health system and practice. Its areas of expertise include global health, infectious disease, food safety, environmental health, newborn screening, preparedness and response, policy, workforce development, informatics, and institutional research.

Founded more than 60 years ago, there are now more than 800 members from state and local public health laboratories, state environmental and agricultural laboratories, federal agencies and academic institutions.

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Samantha Dittrich, Manager, Global Health Security (