Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) Section
Under the authority of Section 1864 of the Social Security Act, the U.S. Congress passed CLIA in 1988. CLIA establishes quality standards for all clinical laboratory testing to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and timeliness of patient test results regardless of where a test is performed.
The CLIA Section, in partnership with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is responsible for the implementation of this program for the State of California. The CLIA Section determines the compliance of California laboratories with California and federal regulations based on inspection findings.
The CLIA Section schedules, prepares, and conducts inspections in accordance with federal guidelines. The CLIA Section performs routine inspections of over 800 laboratories each year and performs validation surveys of 32 accredited facilities annually.