The Louisiana Office of Public Health Laboratory
The Louisiana Office of Public Health (OPH) Laboratory is composed of a central laboratory in Metairie and two regional laboratories located in Amite, and Shreveport. The goal of the OPH Laboratory is to protect the health and safety of the citizens and vistors to the State of Louisiana by providing accurate and timely laboratory data to state officals, public health programs and citizens of the state. Information produced by the OPH Laboratory is a key component in day to day decision making as well as being cricial to crisis management following natural disasters, disease outbreaks, chemical spills, and terrorist events. There are over 30 statewide public health programs as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies which use OPH Laboratory data. These programs encompass Preventative Health, Environmental Health, Infectious Disease and Environmental Epidemiology, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response, and Forensic testing for biological and chemical agents and toxins.
***The OPH Laboratories website is continuously being updated. If you need information regarding testing availability or specimen collection or submision requirements or to request a specimen submission CD please contact the OPH Laboratories main office at 504-219-4664. ***
Emergency Response Testing
Current Certifications and Licensure held by the OPH Laboratory
The OPH Laboratories Environmental Laboratory Certitifcation Program