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Our Mandate

Provincial Laboratory Medicine Services (PLMS), as part of Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), operates under the authority of the Laboratory Services Act.

Our mandate is to pursue a cohesive, interrelated laboratory system in a manner that supports equity and access and ensure patient safety through high quality, well-coordinated laboratory services.

PLMS is advancing the transformative power of lab medicine, by pursuing an effective and appropriate governance model that is reflective of the provincial laboratory ecosystem, in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and regional health authorities.

Through heightened awareness and visibility of the value of laboratory medicine in the health system, our mandate also affords the opportunity to mitigate the risks associated with multiple laboratory providers operating as independent systems.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the essential nature of laboratory medicine and exposed many gaps and system-wide challenges. As we emerge from the pandemic, we are emphasizing the positive transformations we have already made; undertaking some fundamentally new ones; and determining which of the activities we stopped, should not resume. In these unprecedented times, our strategy is a continuous process characterized by a willingness to be dynamic and adaptable to emerging priorities within the health care system.

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