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Laboratory Sciences

"Providing Sound Science for Risk-Based Decision Making"

About Laboratory Sciences

Public Health Command Europe (PHCE) Laboratory Sciences (LS) is an ISO 17025 accredited full-service public health laboratory providing biological and chemical related analytical services for drinking water, food safety, veterinary diagnostics, environmental assessment and occupational health.

LS' primary mission is to support the Public Health Programs of the United States National Military Strategy in the United States European Command (USEUCOM), United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), and United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) Theaters of operations.

Please contact the Laboratory Operations Division (LOD) of Laboratory Sciences to arrange for our services. LOD will provide submission requirements, forms, sample scheduling, price quotations, analytical procedure availability (e.g., in-house or contract laboratory), sampling protocol information, and do their utmost to ensure your satisfaction.

The LS commitment to Total Customer Satisfaction is reflected both in our Quality Manual and Customer Guides. Together they provide a guide to the total laboratory process that is designed to focus the attention and resources of LS on improving customer laboratory support.

Services

Asbestos

LS maintains an asbestos analysis program using United States EPA and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) methods. Analyses are performed using phase contrast microscopes for fiber counting and polarized light microscopes for bulk asbestos identification.

Bottled Water Testing

This service is provided to ensure that the bottled water sources used by military personnel and their family members, both in garrison and in theater, meets or exceeds the regulatory requirements of VETCOM Circular 40-1, Appendix O – Department of Defense Food Safety and Quality Assurance Action Levels.

Consultation

The LS staff are available for consultation in the following areas: analysis request and project coordination, sample handling requirements, chain-of-custody, request forms, arranging shipments, customer problems and complaints, quotes and billing issues and report inquiries. The LS Customer Guides are available by either contacting the LS staff via email at the following address: usarmy.landstuhl.medcom-ph-e.mbx.ls-hotline@mail.mil or they can be downloaded https://intranet.phcre.amedd.army.mil/DCOS-TS/Pages/LS.aspx

Customer Audits & Tours

Customers and clients of LS are encouraged to schedule and perform an audit of any of the LS areas. This service allows the customer to review internal LS protocols and records that may be specific to their program areas so that they can gain a better understanding of the types of controls and procedures used to maintain accurate, reliable, scientifically sound and legally defensible data. LS also welcomes customer tours through the laboratory facilities. Customers interested in arranging a tour of the LS facilities or conducting an audit should send their request via email to the LS hotline: usarmy.landstuhl.medcom-ph-e.mbx.ls-hotline@mail.mil

Cytopathology

Cytologic examination and diagnosis is available for stained and unstained smears prepared from fine-needle aspirates, impressions, scrapings, and swabs.

Drinking Water Testing

This service is provided to ensure that the drinking water used by military personnel and their family members both in garrison and during major operations in the theater meets or exceeds the regulatory requirements of either the Overseas Environmental Baseline Guidance Document (OEBGD), host nation specific requirements, or the Department of Defense Final Governing Standards.

Of particular importance at this time is the analysis of drinking water for Lead in high risk facilities which includes Child Development, Youth Centers and Department of Defense Dependent Schools, and Government housing areas.

Histopathology

LS provides diagnostic services through gross and microscopic examination of submitted tissues. Tissue specimens are accepted from all Department of Defense (DoD) working dogs and animals owned by personnel authorized DoD medical care. Routine Hematoxylin and Eosin staining is performed for all submitted tissue specimens. Additional histochemical and immunohistochemical stains are available to aid in examination and diagnosis.

Necropsy Training

The LS staff pathologist is available for lecture and/or hands-on training on MWD necropsy procedures. Other veterinary pathology related topics are available upon request. If you have a scheduled MWD necropsy please coordinate directly with the staff pathologist.

Qualitative Identification of Contaminants from Samples of Unknown Origin

This program is used to qualitatively identify the contaminants in a sample of unknown origin (e.g., a substance found during a deployment in an unmarked 55 gallon drum, a foreign object in food, etc.) as to the hazardous nature or composition of the material and potential threat to human health and/or the environment.

Rabies Testing

LS tests brain tissue for animals suspected of having rabies. Rabies is diagnosed using the direct fluorescent antibody test (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol) which looks for the presence of rabies virus antigens in brain tissue.

Reports

The LS Certificate of Analysis, which is the final approved report, is provided in the most expeditious manner available. Customer satisfaction surveys are sent with random packets of results. Electronic Data Deliverable (EDD) reports will be sent at the conclusion of each project. Partial EDDs as validated results become available can be sent upon request.

Sampling Kits

Sample collection kits containing bottles and preservatives certified for environmental use as contaminant-free, field/trip blank samples (as required), ice packs and coolers can be provided upon customer request to LOD.

Soil and water Testing

The analysis of trace level organic contaminants in environmental samples allows the customer to perform baseline studies and to identify and locate contaminated sites and to decide whether remediation (cleanup) is required.

Specific Commodities and General Parameter Testing

Classical time tested microbiology techniques and state-of-the-art biochemical instrumentation are used to examine food and bottled water products against actionable limits. Microbiological testing of food products allows our customers to use sound science in their decisions on food safety and wholesomeness.

Vectors

LS uses real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (rtPCR) and real-time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (rtRT-PCR) to analyze a variety of vector hosts (mosquito, ticks, etc.) for the presence of diseases that may be transmitted to humans or animals.

Contact Information

Name:

PHCE, Laboratory Sciences

Email Address:

usarmy.landstuhl.medcom-ph-e.mbx.ls-hotline@mail.mil

Telephone:

06371-9464-9710 (within Germany); (+49) 6371-9464-9710 (from outside Germany)

DSN:

(314) 590-9710

Mailing Address:

Commander, PHCE Laboratory Sciences
ATTN: MCHB-RE-L
CMR 402
APO AE 09180