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Reference Laboratory Working Group

The Reference Laboratory Working Group has been established to advise Health Protection Scotland and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on the work of the Scottish Reference Laboratories.

The group consider applications for additional reference services in accordance with agreed entry criteria. The group also keep under continuous review the work of a small number of centrally funded laboratories that provide specialist services on a national or regional basis. The group discharges its remit in the context of current national policy which takes into account aspects of clinical governance and the changing needs of service providers and their users.

The Group meet twice a year, once in March to advise and guide the development of the reference laboratories and once in September to review the reference laboratory annual reports.