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DHMH Press Releases : Medical Laboratory Regulations


BALTIMORE (March 15, 2012) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is seeking public comment on regulations related to medical laboratories. Based on this public comment, the Department may seek to eliminate or modify unnecessary and overly burdensome regulations.
The goal of diagnostic laboratory testing is to provide clinical information to support sound and effective medical decision-making. Over the last two decades, Maryland regulations have imposed certain requirements on laboratory testing over and above existing federal requirements. The Department is interested in hearing from the public on whether these regulations remain necessary and appropriate.
The specific laboratory regulations on which the Department is seeking informal comment can be accessed at: Specifically, the Department is requesting comment on these questions:
  1. What are the benefits of these regulations?
  2. What are the costs?
  3. Should these regulations be revised or eliminated?

Comments may be submitted by mail to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulations and Policy Coordination, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 W. Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or by email to, or by fax to 410-767-6483. This comment period will end on April 16, 2012.