CHHS Announces VBL Received Licensing Report, Vows Improvements

The California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency this week released an announcement regarding the recent findings of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Laboratory Field Services (LFS) Division revealing a number of significant deficiencies at the Valencia Branch Laboratory (VBL). CDPH, during an initial routine inspection of the laboratory, identified a series of issues at the VBL which is operated by PerkinElmer on contract with the State of California.

CHHS notes that VBL is currently seeking accelerated accreditation through the College of American Pathologists (CAP), a third-party accreditation entity, to ensure the quality of services being provided at the state laboratory. CHHS further expressed confidence in the laboratory’s ability to address and correct identified deficiencies. The full CDPH LFS report with PerkinElmer’s responses to the identified deficiencies is anticipated to be made available in mid-March.

The statement from CHHS is available here.