​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)​ works to strengthen laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the United States and globally.

APHL represents state and local governmental health laboratories in the United States; this includes public health, agricultural, environmental and other related laboratories. Its members, known collectively as “public health laboratories​​,” monitor, detect and respond to health threats.

APHL: National Base, International Scope 

APHL works closely with federal agencies to develop and execute national health initiatives. During public health emergencies, it operates as a coordinating center for laboratory response. 

APHL also works internationally to build effective national laboratory systems and expand access to quality diagnostic testing services. With over 20 years' experience in more than 30 countries, APHL is recognized internationally as a leader in laboratory science and practice. 

APHL Expertise

Laboratory Scie​​​nce

APHL supports development of new testing methods and technologies, and publishes materials to assure the quality of laboratory testing.

Emergency Respo​nse

APHL collaborates with health partners to respond to disease outbreaks, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other health threats. It also supports the US Laboratory Response Network.

Public Health Info​​rmatics

APHL is a leader in development of public health laboratory informatics systems in the US and in countries worldwide.

Laboratory Train​​​​ing

APHL offers high quality continuing education programs to strengthen the skills of laboratorians.

Leadership Develo​​pment

APHL fosters the development of new leaders, expands knowledge of public health laboratory management and directs multiple laboratory fellowship programs.


APHL assesses the capacity and capability of US public health laboratories and disseminates findings.


APHL publishes reports and briefs profiling developments in public health laboratory science, practice, management and training. 


APHL convenes national conferences and colloquia on critical issues in laboratory science. ​

Federal Liais​​on​​​​ / Public Policy

APHL serves as a conduit of information between US public health laboratories and federal agencies. It issues statements on pending legislation and regulations, and disseminates educational materials on priority issues.