National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) is a public health facility comprising of several reference laboratory units that provide referral services linking national, international and county laboratories. The NPHL is mandated to perform specialized testing for priority infectious and non-communicable diseases, laboratory-based disease surveillance, and to provide quality assurance for the public health laboratory network.

Medical laboratories play a vital role in providing vital Information that assist in prevention ,diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases. This calls for a well-structured laboratory system that addresses issues of oversight and coordination to meet the public expectation.

While fulfilling its mandate of laboratory policy formulation and leadership, the NPHL ensures that its operation is within the management system requirements as prescribed by ISO 9000:2008. The NPHL also promotes quality laboratory systems as it provides national referral services to both public and private health sector; two of the national laboratories are accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standards with a third one having received approval for accreditation. Other NPHL reference laboratories are still being mentored towards accreditation; a prove that NPHL continues in its commitment towards total quality laboratory systems.


Delivery of safe, reliable, quality laboratory services that meet national health priorities and international requirements and standards


To provide effective leadership for efficient, accessible, responsive and quality public health laboratory services that contributes towards protecting the community against communicable and non-communicable conditions


To be a Centre of excellence in provision of quality Public Health Laboratory Services


To contribute to the achievement of the national health goal of attaining equitable, affordable, accessible and quality health care for all

Core Values

  • Teamwork
  • Excellence
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Efficiency
  • Reliability

Strategic Interventions

  • Laboratory Services
  • Monitoring, Evaluation; ICT and Communication
  • Quality Management, accreditation, Biosafety and Biosecurity
  • Leadership, governance, partnership, financing and human resource
  • Infrastructure, equipment and logistics