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Regional Laboratory SystemREORGANIZATION INFORMATION
The mission of the Michigan Regional Laboratory System is to provide for the delivery of analytical data which is accurate, timely and relevant to public health, clinical and epidemiological program needs. To continuously strive to improve testing quality and service delivery. To strengthen public health programs throughout Michigan through the voluntary affiliation of public health professionals in the Regional Laboratory System.
The goals of the Michigan Regional Laboratory System are:
Region 1: Grand Rapids
Region 2: Saginaw
Region 3: Kalamazoo
Oakland County Health Division Laboratory
Genesee County Health Department
The Regional Laboratory System was developed in response to a specific need expressed by local health departments in Michigan. In 1967, the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA' 67) was enacted to require hospitals and large clinical laboratories to adhere to strict quality control, test performance and personnel standards. Each testing facility had to have a certificate and was subject to a compliance inspection every other year. In 1988 the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA' 88) expanded the standards and extended them to include any facility performing a clinical test. This meant that each local health department had to develop an entire laboratory program which complied with CLIA'88 to continue many of its programs(e.g. health screening, WIC, ESPDT, Family Planning). Local health departments were not equipped to comply with the federal legislation. In 1990, MDCH Bureau of Laboratories developed the Regional Laboratory System in response to provide experienced Laboratory Directors (MDCH managerial staff) and Technical Consultants (the laboratory managers from Kent, Kalamazoo and Saginaw County Health Departments)to comply with the CLIA' 88 legislation. Seventy seven counties have joined the Regional Laboratory System. The regional laboratory system as initially established consisted of 6 administrative regions, each with its own Laboratory Director and CLIA'88 certificate. Three jurisdictions (Oakland County, Genesee County, and the City of Detroit) participate as associate members in the Regional Laboratory System. The associate members provide their own laboratory directors and oversight of laboratory operations, but collaborate with MDCH on the implementation of laboratory quality assessment activities.
The Michigan Regional Laboratory System reorganized on October 1, 2011. The existing regional laboratory umbrella certificates were dissolved and each agency is responsible for obtaining their own CLIA certificate commensurate with the level of testing they perform. Each agency is also responsible for designating a laboratory director to oversee testing activities. Technical support is available to agencies upon request.
CONTROLS FOR WET MOUNTS
The Quality Control Unit within the Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Laboratories provides the Regional Laboratories with deactivated yeast and bacterial suspensions to be used as a control for Wet Mount preparations. For more information on these see the Internal Proficiency Specimens for Wet Mount Microscopy page.
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