​APHL provides a home base for governmental laboratories that assure the safety of our water, soil and air every day.   

  • Serves as a liaison between environmental laboratories, EPA and other partners
    Provides a unified voice at the national level, through comments on regulations, letters and educational materials
  • Hosts a national environmental laboratory conference, addressing a full range of topics: emerging environmental contaminants, radiological preparedness, electronic data sharing, emergency response and much more
  • Convenes taskforces and workgroups, on topics such as harmful algal blooms, indoor air testing and nanotechnology
  • Identifies & develops training resources , including webinars and leadership development opportunities
  • Coordinates response to emergencies, for example, during the Gold King mine spill, Fukushima and the Gulf Coast oil spill

In addition, APHL serves as a hub for information exchange through:

APHL’s work in environmental health is guided by the Environmental Laboratory Sciences Committee (ELSC), which comprises environmental laboratorians and EPA representatives. The ELSC’s mission is to enhance the capabilities and capacities of the nation’s environmental laboratories to ultimately improve public health.


From EPA’s Water Laboratory Alliance 
Laboratory Fraud: Why Should I Worry…What Could Happen?
Managing Data Quality in an Environmental Laboratory
From The NELAC Institute