Colorado laboratory forum

Guidance for laboratories that use culture-independent testing methods

The Colorado Laboratory Forum was established to make sure our state laboratories can rapidly, safely and accurately identify biological agents (naturally occurring or intentionally released), and communicate testing information to allow law enforcement agencies to effectively respond to public health threats and emergencies.


  • Enhance communications methods for rapid response to state, national or global emergencies.
  • Improve capabilities by strategic planning and statewide laboratory exercises.
  • Train laboratory workers to rapidly identify dangerous bacteria via online and wet workshops.


Members of the forum are scientists with testing capability to detect biological, chemical or radiological agents used in terrorist acts. They work in the following types of laboratories:
  • Clinical.
  • Public health.
  • Veterinary.
  • Agricultural.
  • Forensic.
  • Environmental.
  • Research.
  • Military.
  • Federal (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency).
To request membership, email cdphe.lab@state.co.us