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CDC ELITE Certification

Category Press Release
Publish Date 12/5/2017
Author Alexandra Gentile
Title Miami Testing Laboratory Adds CDC ELITE Certification for Legionella Testing
Introduction EMSL Analytical, Inc. recognizes its Miami laboratory for CDC ELITE Certification.

Miami,  FL, December 5th, 2017

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has certified EMSL’s Miami laboratory for Legionella testing through the CDC ELITE Program. The Miami laboratory is EMSL’s 20th location, throughout the United States and Canada, to achieve the distinction of becoming a CDC ELITE Legionella testing laboratory.

Legionella can cause a very serious form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires’ disease, which often has long-term health effects such as cognitive decline and debilitating fatigue long after the patient is released from the hospital. Legionella can also cause a less serious flu-like illness known as Pontiac Fever.

“EMSL also performs Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing for Legionella at its Cinnaminson, New Jersey location, which is a suburban Philadelphia laboratory,” said Christopher Goulah, Ph.D., Legionella Technical Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “We are the only commercial testing laboratory in the country that offers PCR testing for L. pneumophila, L. pneumophila serotype 1 and Legionella spp. in one PCR test. We also perform Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for outbreak source investigations involving all species and serotypes of Legionella.”

Along with Legionella testing, EMSL’s Miami laboratory offers asbestos and microbiology testing services. The laboratory is certified by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) for fungal testing of air, bulk and surface samples through the Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP). The laboratory is an AIHA-LAP, LLC Environmental Microbiology Proficiency Analytical Testing (EMPAT) participant for fungi and Industrial Hygiene Proficiency Analytical Testing (IHPAT) participant for asbestos.

In addition, EMSL’s Miami laboratory is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for bulk and airborne asbestos analysis. The laboratory is accredited by the State of Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Public Health Laboratories for asbestos testing in drinking water.

To learn more about Legionella and our testing services, please visit www.LegionellaTesting.com. EMSL also supplies free Legionella pocket guides, which provides valuable information about the bacteria as well as sampling techniques. To request a free copy, please click here.

For service questions, please contact EMSL’s Christopher Goulah, Ph.D., for expert information at 1-800-220-3675 extension 1407 or Diane Miskowski, MPH, at 1-800-220-3675 extension 2528. To view a complete list of EMSL’s laboratory locations, accreditations and capabilities, please visit www.EMSL.com. For more information about EMSL’s testing services, please email info@EMSL.com or call (800) 220-3675.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations.  In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.