| The Public Health Laboratories maintain
certifications of approval from federal and state agencies to perform laboratory analyses
for samples and/or specimens over which they have regulatory authority. Certifications are
maintained through satisfactory annual or biennial inspections of laboratory facilities by
the appropriate agencies and by the laboratories' satisfactory performance on proficiency
The laboratories maintain certification by New York State department of health which has deemed status from CLIA. The laboratories participate in the proficiency certification program of the College of American Pathologist (CAP) in the categories of Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, Virology, Syphilis Serology and Viral Serology. Thus the laboratories maintain certification in these categories from CAP. The laboratories must maintain the certification from New York State Department of Health to be able to perform diagnostic testing on patient specimens. The certification includes on-site inspections and proficiency testing in each category mentioned below.