Public Health Reference laboratory (PHRL)

Public Health Reference laboratory (PHRL) is a reference facility for disease surveillance for the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The successful detection, characterization and tracing of disease transmission that is essential for the prevention and control of public health events requires an efficient public health laboratory (PHL) system at national and provincial levels. The PHLs generate information that is essential for guiding responses to infectious disease outbreaks by public health practitioners, epidemiologists and clinicians. The information is also essential for the establishment of national health policy and epidemic preparedness. Furthermore, these laboratories can serve as key training resources for laboratory personnel in the region. The PHL network of KP will be part of the whole surveillance system and PHRL will function as a reference facility for KP linked with National Institute of Health.


The purpose of Public Health Reference Laboratory (PHRL) is to provide diagnostic and surveillance services on diseases of public health importance to the population of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


Protecting public health through prevention and intervention using laboratory surveillance networks.


The mission of the Public Health Reference Laboratory (PHRL) is to protect the public health in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through quality laboratory testing, laboratory surveillance, outbreak investigation and liaising with clinicians, vector surveillance, field epidemiology, environment, veterinary, and food experts towards achieving ‘One-health’.

Core values

  • A commitment to quality and discipline in providing rapid and reliable laboratory services for diseases of public health importance.

  • A commitment to environment and the public through safe laboratory practices.

  • A commitment for growth as an institution of excellence and innovation.

  • A commitment to its employees for continuing professional development and capacity building.

  • A commitment of providing a diverse and safe working environment for employees.


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