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June 18, 2018

Clinical Laboratory Certification

Any Idaho laboratory performing tests on humans for the purpose of diagnosis, treatment, or assessment of health must have a license from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) program. The CLIA regulations can be found at the CMS website. This license certifies a laboratory's ability to accurately determine lab test results.

IBL regulates over 1,000 clinical labs across the state, including hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, and long-term care facilities. IBL's clinical lab inspector performs inspections for complex laboratories and monitors proficiency test events.

Labs beginning operation must complete and submit to the IBL Lab Improvement Section the following forms:

  • Director Appraisal Form:  only needed for Certificate of Compliance or Certificate of Accreditation applications

Frequently Asked Questions

Clinical Lab FAQs:  This document answers Idaho-specific questions regarding clinical lab certification.

How do I file a complaint against a clinical laboratory?

You can file a complaint by calling the Laboratory Improvement Section at (208)-334-0528.  You can remain anonymous in reference to the complaint.  You can also view CLIA's Complaints brochure and find information on how to file a complaint with the Federal office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

CLIA Regulations on Proficiency Testing: Online Training Course:  This training will provide answers to a few common questions regarding proficiency testing requirements under CLIA.

Contact Information

Lab Improvement Section Manager: 
Amanda Bruesch

Idaho Bureau of Laboratories
2220 Old Penitentiary Rd
Boise, ID 83712

Phone: (208) 334-0528

Fax: (208) 334-4067