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The Canadian Public Health Laboratory Network (CPHLN)

Established in 2001, the CPHLN is a national association of public health laboratory professionals which acts as a unified voice for federal and provincial member laboratories.

The role of CPHLN is to provide a forum for public health laboratory (PHL) leaders to share knowledge in an atmosphere of trust.

CPHLN leverages its combined strength to champion efforts in order to provide rapid and coordinated nationwide laboratory response to emerging and re-emerging communicable diseases such as SARS and pandemic influenza.

CPHLN is led by an executive group co-chaired by the Scientific Director General of the National Microbiology Laboratory and a provincial public health laboratory (PHL) director.  The Provincial Co-chair Elect, Past Provincial Co-chair and the CPHLN Manager comprise the remainder of the Executive.

The CPHLN Laboratory Director Council is responsible for the overall direction of the CPHLN.  Each provincial and federal PHL is represented within CPHLN by their Director or equivalent on the LDC.

CPHLN is home to a variety of Networks, Issue and Task Groups who expedite discussions, projects, initiatives and response plans as they relate to  public health laboratories.

The CPHLN is funded through the National Microbiology Laboratory. The CPHLN Secretariat reports to the CPHLN chair and is administered by the Scientific Director General of the NML.


To provide leadership and consultation in all aspects of the public health system through the continued development of a proactive network of public health laboratories to protect and improve the health of Canadians.


To ensure early detection of infectious diseases & facilitate a timely, co–ordinated response through the Canada-wide public health laboratory network.


Be an action-oriented national public health laboratory network that provides valuable advice & services which form the foundation for the broader public health system.