Idaho Bureau of Laboratories

Idaho Bureau of Laboratories (IBL) is organizationally structured within the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Division of Public Health.  Dr. Christopher Ball, Ph.D., HCLD (ABB) is the current Bureau Chief and Laboratory Director.  IBL is Idaho's only public health laboratory.

About the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories

The role of IBL is to provide laboratory services to support the programs within the Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho's seven public health districts, other state agencies, and citizens. These services can be organized into four functional domains.


  • Electronic test requests and results:

        -Request access to electronic test requests and results

        -Access electronic test requests and results: LabOnline

  • Communicable disease agents in clinical specimens:

        -Clinical Test Request Form

        -Mosquito Pool Submission Form

        -Rabies Test Request Form

        -Ground Water Quality Near Me: Interactive map to determine what contaminants to test for


  • Clinical and environmental laboratories
  • X-ray and mammography units
  • Air quality monitoring stations


  • Consultation and workforce development
  • Continuing educations seminars and telelectures
  • Scientific presentations at local, regional, and national meetings


  • Development and evaluation of new analytical methods
  • Maintenance of the Idaho Sentinel Laboratory Network
  • Publication of applied public health research
Lab techs wearing PPE testing samples with microscope
Testing Fees
List of fees charged by the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories for testing services.
IBL Supply Request
Order supplies from IBL online.
Sampling and Submission Guide
Find sample submission requirements, materials, and instructions.
Data, Isolate, or Specimen Request Application
Northern Plains Consortium

The Northern Plains Consortium (NPC), consisting of state public health laboratory members from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and later Idaho, was formed in 2006 as part of a CDC grant initiative to “integrate clinical laboratories into public health.”  The intent of the NPC is to develop a regional public health laboratory system where collaboration and laboratory system improvement activities are established across the region.  The NPC has utilized this collaboration in activities such as a Biosafety Officials Program, shared testing services, workshops/training, and an Emerging Leaders Program.

Idaho Bureau of Laboratories

2220 Old Penitentiary Rd
Boise, ID 83712
United States