Clinical Test Request Forms Updated
"Amerigroup Iowa MCO" changed their name to "Wellpoint Iowa MCO" effective Jan. 1, 2024. SHL has updated their clinical test request forms to reflect this. Several changes have also been made to the Bacteriology Test Request Form. Please download the new versions of these test request forms and destroy any copies of old versions.
Rabies Testing Announcement
Effective Monday, October 16, 2023, SHL will only accept unvaccinated animals that have bitten a person and bats found in the home for rabies testing. All other specimens submitted to SHL for rabies testing will be sent to the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU VDL) for testing until further notice. Read more...
Implementation of X-ALD Newborn Screening Pilot
The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has authorized the Iowa Newborn Screening Program (INSP) to proceed with an implementation pilot to screen all newborns born in Iowa for X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) in accordance with Iowa law. Read more...
Ova and Parasite Reporting Update
In an effort to make Ova and Parasite final reports clearer, the State Hygienic Laboratory is changing the analyte names on the Ova and Parasite, Stool Concentration and Trichrome Stain methods. Read more...
Webinars for New SHL STAT Courier Service
Beginning Tuesday, August 1, 2023, STAT Courier service will be partnering with SHL as the new courier service. SHL will be holding two webinars. Read more...
SHL Courrier Service Changing Effective August 1, 2023
With the retirement of Central Delivery Service on July 31, 2023, SHL would like to announce our new courier service beginning Tuesday, August 1, 2023, will be STAT Courier Service. Read more...
Revised State Hygienic Laboratory Clinical Test Request Forms
The State Hygienic Laboratory is making several changes to our clinical test request forms (TRFs) effective July 1, 2023.
COVID Testing Schedule Update
Effective Saturday, May 13, 2023, SHL will no longer be analyzing COVID samples on weekends and holidays.
Implementation of MPS1 and Pompe Newborn Screening
The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (IHHS) has authorized the Iowa Newborn Screening Program (INSP) to begin routine screening for Mucopolysaccharidosis type 1 (MPS1) and Glycogen storage disease type 2 (Pompe) on specimens received 05/15/2023. Read more...
Environmental Price Increase
Effective for samples received on and after July 1st, 2023, the State Hygienic Laboratory will increase environmental testing fees by approximately 6%.