Under the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988, any laboratory or facility performing laboratory testing of human specimens to provide information for the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of disease, or the assessment of health, is required to obtain a CLIA certificate and to meet certain requirements.

For more than 45 years, the Hygienic Laboratory, under contract with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, has provided personnel to conduct laboratory surveys. Since 2002, the Hygienic Lab also has been responsible for administrative oversight of the CLIA laboratory program and state agency representative for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services CLIA program.

Public health laboratories, together with hospitals and local health departments, are quite literally the "front lines" of America's surveillance of and response to biological, chemical, or radiological attacks. TRUST FOR AMERICA'S HEALTH/THE ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION


  • CLIA laboratory surveyors traveled more than 27,910 miles throughout Iowa to conduct certification surveys of more than 200 clinical laboratories.

  • Exceeded performance threshold goals set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the State Agency Performance Review.

Other Units in the Office of the Director

The Office of the Director consists of 10 key functional units that enable the State Hygienic Laboratory to achieve its statutory charge set forth in the Iowa Administrative Code.

The primary mission of the Disease Control Division is to test human specimens, food and water for diseases of public health significance to protect the citizens of Iowa.

The Environmental Health Division monitors drinking water, wastewater, air, soil and food for contaminants of potential environmental and public health concern.

The Division of Administration and Finance is responsible for the management of the business practices, all Hygienic Laboratory facilities, and pre/post testing support.