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Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory

Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory building

The Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory works to identify, respond to, and prevent illness and disease in the province.

The lab:

  • Provides reference testing (other Saskatchewan labs send their specimens and cultures for verification and to provide more specific test results).
  • Offers specialized screening and diagnostic testing.
  • Conducts communicable disease detection, surveillance, infection control and prevention.
  • Tests and monitors water quality.
  • Maintains laboratory standards and quality assurance regulations.
  • Anticipates, detects and responds to outbreak of communicable disease, food-borne illnesses and pandemic threats.
  • Facilitates and supports scientific research and training activities.
  • Provides biosafety, containment, biohazard spill response programs.
  • Serves as a centre for integrated disease and data management.
  • Develops and evaluates public health policies.

1. Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory Compendium of Tests

The Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory Compendium of Tests provides:

  • A list of tests performed at the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory.
  • Instructions for collecting and handling samples.
  • Requisitions.
  • What is new at SDCL?

2. Water Testing for the Public

Safe drinking water is important to all Saskatchewan residents. The Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory has been testing water quality in the province for over 90 years.

Visit the Water Quality and Testing page for more information about Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory water testing for the public.


3. Screening and Reference Services (Laboratory Services)

The Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory (SDCL) provides the following screening and reference services:
  • General chemistry (post mortem and clinical toxicology services, fecal immunochemical test)
  • Endocrinology testing
  • Newborn screening (neonatal testing)
  • Prenatal maternal serum screening (assessing prenatal fetal status)

For more information, visit the Screening and References page.

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