Providing essential microbiology and virology/immunology testing for diseases of public health importance caused by viruses and other microorganisms, and supporting outbreak investigations and public health surveillance.
Working to enforce state regulations for clinical laboratory testing, substance of abuse testing, health screen testing on humans and carrying out the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in Oregon.
Assisting sentinel laboratories by providing training and support in specimen collection, storage and shipment, evidence-control measures and recognition of chemical and biological terrorism agents.
The Northwest Regional Newborn Screening Program screens newborns for endocrine, hemoglobin, cystic fibrosis, and metabolic disorders - identifying infants who need immediate treatment to prevent developmental problems, mental retardation or death. Identified infants are tracked to ensure they receive appropriate medical care.
ORELAP is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) to accredit environmental testing laboratories to national standards.