New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.

Scientific Laboratory Division

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The Scientific Laboratory Division (SLD) is the sole public health, environmental, and drug laboratory for New Mexico. It conducts tests for infectious diseases threatening people, livestock and wildlife, as well as for hazardous materials and pollutants in our water, air and milk. It also tests for alcohol and drugs in DWI criminal cases and for autopsy cases. Over the course of a year, the lab performs more than 350,000 tests on nearly 80,000 samples.


Our mission is to provide analytical laboratory support services and scientific advisement services for tax-supported agencies and groups or entities administering health and environmental programs for New Mexico citizens.


We are a member in good standing of Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and our division is proud to currently hold the following accreditations and certifications.