Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Laboratory Certification

Congress passed the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in 1988 to establish minimum quality standards for all laboratory testing and ensure the accuracy, reliability, and timeliness of patient test results regardless of where the test was performed. In the U.S., the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all laboratory testing except research performed on humans.  

In Kansas, the CLIA program is administered by the Laboratory Improvement Program Office of the Kansas Health and Environment Laboratories. There are approximately 2,200 certified laboratories in the state of Kansas. For questions about laboratory certification or testing, review the CLIA Lab demographic information from CMS, then email the KDHE CLIA team if you need additional assistance.


All CLIA changes will need to be completed on the Federal CLIA Application Form CMS 116 (PDF) and signed by the laboratory director. Applications and documents may be submitted by email or faxed to 785-559-5207.