10A NCAC 48B .0305 BENCHMARK 8
(a) Benchmark: The local health department shall provide or have access to laboratory capacity capable of providing for rapid detection and containment of communicable disease outbreaks; environmental health hazards; potential biological, chemical and radiological threats.
(1) The local health department shall have written policies and procedures for handling clinical and environmental laboratory samples.
(2) The local health department laboratory and external laboratories utilized by the local health department shall comply with all applicable federal regulations for clinical and environmental laboratory testing.
(3) The local health department shall provide or have access to laboratory services capable of meeting routine diagnostic and surveillance needs.
(4) The local health department shall provide or have access to laboratory services to support investigations of public problems, hazards, and emergencies.
History Note: Authority G.S. 130A-34.1;
Temporary Adoption Eff. January 1, 2006;
Eff. October 1, 2006;
Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. January 5, 2016.