Apply for a Massachusetts Clinical Laboratory License
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The Details of Apply for a Massachusetts Clinical Laboratory License
What you need for Apply for a Massachusetts Clinical Laboratory License
A clinical laboratory that performs testing and requires licensure must obtain a license from the Department of Public Health (DPH) before starting testing.
Before applying for Massachusetts state licensure, a clinical laboratory must participate in an approved proficiency-testing program that covers all laboratory analytes for which proficiency testing is available. The laboratory must be enrolled under the same name that will appear on the license and must authorize the proficiency testing service to release all test results to the Clinical Laboratory Program.
A laboratory that is already licensed and wishes to add a specialty or subspecialty must notify and obtain approval from DPH before starting testing.
For more information about clinical laboratory licensure in Massachusetts, please see the frequently asked questions about clinical laboratory state licensure page.
The following documents must be completed in full as part of the clinical laboratory licensure application packet.
- Application for Massachusetts Clinical Laboratory License (DOC)
- Disclosure of Ownership and Control Interest Statement  (DOC)
This must be accompanied by either:
- Articles of Incorporation or Partnership approved by the Massachusetts Secretary of State; or
- Foreign Certificate of Approval signed by the Massachusetts Secretary of State, if the organization is not registered in Massachusetts
You must also include a list of corporate officers and/or the Board of Trustees, whichever is applicable.
- Find out more information about the acceptable forms of documentation for qualifications of moderate and high complexity laboratory personnel
- Laboratory Personnel Report [CMS 209]
- List of Laboratory Tests Performed Onsite (DOC)
- CORI Form (DOCX)
Please use the CORI Directions to Complete for full instructions on completing CORI forms.
*The CORI Form and Instructions were updated June 22, 2018.
Fees for Apply for a Massachusetts Clinical Laboratory License
Calculate your application fee
Check the category of license applying for, or which the laboratory currently holds, as indicated on page 1 of the application:
- Full license (High complexity testing)
- Limited license (Moderate complexity testing)
Please pay in the form of a check or money order, payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
|Full license application fee||$300||for each Specialty area|
|Limited license application fee||$300||per applicant|
How to apply Apply for a Massachusetts Clinical Laboratory License
Please complete and return all forms and supplementary documents before applying. We are unable to process incomplete application packets.
Please send the application, all required forms and documentation, and the licensure fee to:
Clinical Laboratory Program
Department of Public Health
99 Chauncy St.
Boston, MA 02111
Next steps for Apply for a Massachusetts Clinical Laboratory License
After DPH receives all completed application materials:
- The CORI form is processed, which may take up to 14 days.
- Following the successful completion of the suitability review, the Department must conduct an onsite survey to ensure that the laboratory is in compliance with all state regulations.
- Once the laboratory is found to be in complete compliance with all of the regulations, the Department will issue a license.
More info about Apply for a Massachusetts Clinical Laboratory License
Clinical laboratory licenses are valid for 2 years. However, if there is a change in ownership, the new owner of the laboratory is required to apply for a new clinical laboratory license.
- List of Approved Proficiency Testing Programs – Available on the CMS CLIA website