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Public Health Laboratory Services Branch


The Public Health Laboratory Services Branch comprises five functional Divisions, namely, Virology Division, Microbiology Division, Histopathology & Cytology Division, Chemical Pathology & Haematology Division and Neonatal Screening Division. The major functions of the Branch are:

  • To provide laboratory diagnostic services for disease surveillance and control, health promotion and disease prevention;

  • To provide public health consultation service relating to microbiology and virology;

  • To provide laboratory support on outbreak investigation;

  • To conduct quality assurance programme for continuous improvement of standards of laboratories in Hong Kong;

  • To act as Reference Laboratory to provide confirmatory service and technology transfer/training for laboratory personnel; and

  • To collaborate with local and international partners on disease surveillance, infection control standards and information exchanges.

  Last Revision Date : 22 Mar 2007