Health Protection Scotland has responsibility for commissioning of Reference Laboratory
Services for NHS Scotland.
Scottish National Reference Laboratories provide support to guide the clinical management
of individual patients. They also provide an analytical and advisory service to
the NHS and Health Protection Scotland, which collects epidemiological data for
public health purposes. Each laboratory maintains an archive of samples that contributes
to research, quality assurance, audit and teaching. Front-line diagnostic testing
is undertaken in local laboratories and is not centrally funded.
HPS are supported in this role by National Services Division and the Reference Laboratory