The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, or “CLIA,” sets quality standards for laboratory testing of clinical specimens for patient diagnosis and treatment. Most APHL member laboratories perform testing regulated under CLIA. Sites that conduct testing of clinical specimens for diagnosis, treatment or prevention of disease must obtain a CLIA certificate corresponding to the complexity of the tests performed. For more information, visit www.cms.gov/clia.
APHL develops educational sessions, materials and resources to assist members with CLIA certification:
• 2014 Public Health Microbiology Exam: Certification for Directors and Technical Supervisors
To address the chronic shortage of laboratory scientists certified to direct a high complexity public health laboratory, the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) collaborated to offer a board certification in public health microbiology. The certification affords doctoral-level scientists and technical supervisors in public health laboratories a new means to qualify for certification under CLIA. The certification is the first to examine specifically for the training and experience required to direct a state or large municipal public health laboratory. The exam will be given prior to the APHL Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 31 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Application deadline: March 21. All documentation is due no later than April 25. More information on the public health microbiology certification exam and application instructions is available here. For additional information, please contact the ABB office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 314.241.1445.
• Education sessions are held each year at the APHL annual meeting to update members and staff on current CLIA issues.
• Three sets of bench aids have been developed to assist laboratories in understanding the CLIA regulations (see CLIA Guidelines Bench Aids), to obtain the proper specimens for testing (see Sample Collection Bench Aids) and to reinforce basic steps to obtain an accurate and quality result from tests that the Food and Drug Administration classifies as waived for low risk of error and ease to perform, even by non-laboratory personnel (see Testing Instructions Bench Aid). All are available to download and print as needed. If you have suggestions for additional bench aids, please contact Karen Breckenridge at email@example.com.
Sample Collection Bench Aids
CLIA Guidelines Bench Aids
Testing Instructions Bench Aid
Other CLIA Related Resources