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New! ELITE Move Offers Opportunities for Expansion, Improvement

Part of CDC’s Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (ELITE) Program has moved to Wisconsin. Beginning in November 2016, the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) began managing the production and distribution of testing samples as well as analysis of lab results. CDC’s continued role will be to oversee the ELITE Program as a whole, provide customer support to members, and host the public, online members list.

The ELITE Program was created as a way for laboratories to test their Legionella isolation techniques against standardized samples. The ELITE Program will continue to certify laboratories by periodically distributing sets of standardized samples from the WSLH to participating laboratories. The WSLH Proficiency Testing program will also receive the results and verify successful isolation by laboratories.  Beginning in 2017, the ELITE Program will become fee for service and participants will be charged an annual fee. Stay tuned for more updates from WSLH.

This move is expected to benefit members in a number of ways:

·         More consistent and timely service

·         Expanded laboratory services, including capture and characterization of non-culture detection methods

·         Set schedule for shipping challenges to participants two times annually

·         Comprehensive reports including comparison with other participants, educational result analyses and historical performance summaries

Approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the WSLH Proficiency Testing program provides more than 180 different products to more than 4,000 customers worldwide. Their experience providing high-quality samples with proven reliability will allow the ELITE Program to continue to serve as a central resource for the public, ensuring that lab results requested during outbreak investigations are of high quality and meet a measured level of performance.

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