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Arkansas Public Health Laboratory

Protecting Arkansans through quality laboratory science, leadership, and innovation

picture of Arkansas Public Health LabFounded in 1913, the Public Health Laboratory at the Arkansas Department of Health serves the state of Arkansas by providing analytical services, education, and leadership in public health practice. The Public Health Laboratory provides testing for safe food and drinking water, detects inherited genetic disorders in newborns, and helps safeguard Arkansans of all ages against infectious diseases such as sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, rabies and Zika virus, as well as chemical and biological agents of terrorism.


Office Address Phone Fax
Public Health Lab 201 S. Monroe Street
Little Rock, AR  72205
501-661-2220 501-661-2310


Laboratory Services


Clinical Testing

picture of an ADH Lab TechnicianThe clinical laboratories at the Public Health Laboratory  test  for infectious agents in humans and animals, provide reference testing in support of epidemiological investigations, and serve as the State’s response laboratory for the identification of biothreat agents. In addition the clinical laboratory tests all newborns in the state for inherited disorders that cause severe mental and/or physical illnesses.

 All documents are in PDF format unless otherwise noted. 

Directory of Services and Test Menu
CLIA Certificate
CAP Certification


Environmental Testing

picture of an ADH Lab TechApproximately 240 million Americans get their drinking water from public water systems. Working in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Arkansas Department of Health's environmental laboratories protect public drinking water by conducting regular water quality analysis of water samples from water sources around the state for pesticides, herbicides, metals and other contaminants. In addition, environmental laboratories serve as the State’s response laboratory to chemical threat agents.

The Public Health Laboratory also provides bacteriological and chemical analysis for dairy products produced within the state. These analyses help verify that Arkansas dairy products are in compliance with state and federal standards.

Office of Alcohol Testing

The Office of Alcohol Testing (OAT) is authorized by state law to certify and approve instrumentation to be used in evidential breath testing as it relates to drinking and driving. The office is also responsible for certification of personnel authorized to use this equipment. For more information, contact OAT at 501-661-2287


Some tests require special collection and/or mailing kits. The following special kits are furnished upon request by the closest Local Health Unit or by calling 501-280-4075. See below for a list of special kits available.

  1. Enteric Pathogens/Stool Culture Kt
  2. Fungus Culture – Sputum for Fungi
  3. Ova and parasites – For Ova and Parasite Detection.
  4. Another special collection kit is Neonatal collection kit (dried blood spots) Newborn screening tests. To obtain a kit for Newborn Screening, call 501-661-2200.  

Another special collection kit is Neonatal collection kit (dried blood spots) Newborn screening tests. To obtain a kit for newborn screening, call 501-661-2220.

Student observing how testing is done


Want to know more? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions for the Public Health Laboratory.

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