​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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. Its members, known as “public health labo​ra​tories,” monitor, detect and respond to health threats.

APHL: National Base, International Scope 

APHL 2016 Annual ReportAPHL 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 31 countries on five continents, APHL is recognized internationally as a leader in laboratory science and practice. 

APHL Expertise

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

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

Emergency Response: 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 .

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

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

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

Leadership Development: APHL fosters the development of emerging leaders, expands knowledge of public health laboratory management and manages five laboratory fellowship programs. 

National Conferences: APHL convenes national conferences and colloquia on critical issues in laboratory science. 

Federal Liaison: APHL serves as a conduit of information between US public health laboratories and federal agencies.

Policy Analysis: APHL issues statements on pending legislation and regulations, provides expert testimony, comments on proposed rulemaking and disseminates educational materials on priority issues.