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    For application or payment inquires concerning your CLIA or state laboratory license call Cheryl Sloan, Licensing Specialist, at 410-402-8045 or email her at cheryl.sloan@maryland.gov

    For Regulatory or Inspection Questions email:  ohcq.labs@maryland.gov

    Email is the fastest and most efficient way to obtain support.

    Typical response time for questions received during business hours is 2 hours.

    Local Phone: 410-402-8025 

    Toll Free Phone: 877-402-8202

    Fax: 410-402-8213

    If lines are busy please use email support for the fastest response.


    The Clinical Laboratories Unit is responsible for State licensure of all clinical laboratories that perform tests on specimens obtained from Maryland citizens and for federal certification of all clinical laboratories located in Mar​yland. The unit also serves as the agent for federal certification in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Program, which is required for all clinical laboratory testing sites including those seeking Medicare reimbursement. The State only licensing programs include those for tissue banks, cholesterol testing sites, and health awareness testing sites.


    Cytology Proficiency Testing 


    Health Awareness Testing

    In Maryland, Health Awareness Testing means a test approved by the Secretary to be performed at a temporary laboratory; such as a health fair in a shopping mall. Health Awareness testing is limited to: Tests that are performed soley for the purposes of screening for certain medical conditions and are not to be used for diagnostic or management of healthcare conditions; and that are performed on a CLIA waived testing device; and measure glucose, lipids, or other clinical values which the Secretary has concluded are in the interest of public health to be measured at a health awareness event. If you plan to perform Health Awareness Testing in Maryland please review the regulations set forth in COMAR, and You must also inform the OHCQ by phone or in writing of the date, time, location, and on-site supervisor's name for a testing event at least 14 days before the event is to take place, per COMAR For questions regarding Health Awareness Testing the contact person may be reached by email.

    Please submit the OHCQ Health Awareness Testing Request Form to request a permit to conduct Health Awareness Testing in Maryland. Please submit a separate request for each screening event.

     OHCQ Health Awareness Testing Request Form 

    Site approvals will be sent via email that to the address provided in the form. The document(s) should be printed and posted at the screening event(s).

    For questions regarding Health Awareness Testing, contact:
    Gail  McGucken - email  gail.mcgucken@maryland.gov or telephone at 667-210-4524.

       *** Important ***

    • Please submit Maryland and CLIA applications by mail, original signatures are required.

    • Please remember to include copies of lab director's highest degree earned, medical license and
      any board certifications.