California Blood Lead Proficiency Assurance Program
The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Acts of 1986 and 1991 (California Health and Safety Code Sections 124125 et seq. and 105275 et seq., respectively) require the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), formerly the California Department of Health Services, to designate laboratories qualified to do blood lead testing for the CDPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch (CLPPB) or for any blood lead testing reimbursed through the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program. The California Blood Lead Proficiency Assurance Program (CBLPAP) determines the proficieny of laboratories in blood lead level analysis by monitoring their performance in a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services blood lead proficency testing program.
CBLPAP publishes a list three times a year of those laboratories proficient in blood lead analysis for reimbursement by the California Child Health and Disability Program (CHDP).
For information about CBLPAP and for an application for those laboratories interested in participating in the program see the following links:
Occupational Blood Lead Testing
Laboratory's that test adults for occupational lead exposure are required by federal regulation to be approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor. For information about the program and for a current list of laboratories approved for occupational blood lead level testing please visit the website located at:
Blood Lead Proficiency Testing
A laboratories proficiency in blood lead analysis is determined by its performance in a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) approved proficiency testing program. Currently there are four programs that provide blood lead proficiency materials:
Quality Assurance Coordinator
State of California Department of Public Health
Environmental Health Laboratory Branch
850 Marina Bay Parkway, MS G365
Richmond, CA 94804
Telephone: (510) 620-2892
FAX: (510) 620-2825