June 11, 2021
Department of Health
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER No. 2021 – D037
By virtue of Republic Act No. 4688 s. 1966, “An Act Regulating the Operation and Maintenance of Clinical Laboratories and Requiring the Registration of the Same with the Department of Health, Providing Penalty for the Violation Thereof, and for Other Purposes,” the Department of Health (DOH) through the Bureau of Medical Services, now known as the Health Facilities and Services Regulatory Bureau (HFSRB), was mandated to ensure public health, safety and welfare through enforcement of the Act and was authorized to issue such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the law. Clinical laboratory services play an important role in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of disease. Thus, it is imperative that the laboratories generate accurate, precise and reliable laboratory test results in a timely manner to aid the physicians in assuring the quality of patient care.
Through the years, several laboratory technological advancements have been introduced. As such, certain provisions in the current Administrative Order (AO) No. 2007-0027, dated August 22, 2007, titled “Revised Rules and Regulations Governing the Licensure and
Regulation of Clinical Laboratories in the Philippines,” may have become outdated. This
policy is being issued to align the laboratory procedures with the requirements of AO 2020- 0047 titled “Rules and Regulations Governing the Licensure of Primary Care Facilities in the Philippines.”
The necessity to review the current AO and to revise and update the minimum standards and technical requirements for licensing clinical laboratories in the Philippines is aligned with the main objective of Republic Act No. 11223 or the Universal Health Care Act which is to guarantee access to quality and affordable health products, devices, facilities and services.
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New Rules and Regulations Governing the Regulation of
Clinical Laboratories in the Philippines
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LICENSING STANDARDS FOR CLINICAL LABORATORY
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ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR LICENSING A GENERAL CLINICAL LABORATORY
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EQUIPMENT / INSTRUMENTS / GLASSWARE /SUPPLIES/REAGENTS PER AREA OF ACTIVITY / SERVICE CAPABILITY OF GENERAL CLINICAL LABORATORY
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PROHIBITED ACTS IN THE OPERATIONS OF CLINICAL LABORATORIES
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PLANNING AND DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR GENERAL CLINICAL LABORATORY
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CHECKLIST FOR REVIEW OF FLOOR PLANS GENERAL CLINICAL LABORATORY
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GUIDELINES IN SECURING FOR REMOTE COLLECTION PERMIT FOR CLINICAL LABORATORIESScanned Image
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APPLICATION FORM FOR CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION FOR RESEARCH AND TEACHING CLINICAL LABORATORY