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Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

CDC seeks to accomplish its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and the world to monitor health, detect and investigate health problems, conduct research to enhance prevention, develop and advocate sound public health policies, implement prevention strategies, promote healthy behaviors, foster safe and healthful environments, and provide leadership and training. 

*CDC Changes Accessioning Process 

Effective February 4, 2013, a new CDC Specimen Submission form will replace the green DASH form that has been in use since 2002. The new Adobe form will be used by all public health laboratories to send individual specimens to CDC’s Infectious Diseases Laboratories. It is important for clinical microbiology laboratories to provide the information requested to their State Public Health Laboratory so they can complete the form. If you are authorized to send samples directly to CDC, you must contact your State Public Health Laboratory to obtain an electronic copy of the form with your State’s contact information filled out in the top right hand section of the first page. This template form can be saved on your computer and used for future samples. It will not be acceptable to submit samples using the obsolete green DASH form.

CDC Infectious Diseases Laboratory Test Directory has been created. The directory contains a list of tests orders, the specimen requirements, and CDC points of contact for consultation or prior approval. Before you send a specimen to your local public health laboratory, you should refer to the information in the test directory if the sample will be sent to CDC for testing. Both the Specimen Submission Form and the Test Directory will be updated periodically during the year.


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