About Us


The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) is the national trade association representing leading laboratories that deliver essential diagnostic health information to patients and providers by advocating for policies that expand access to the highest quality clinical laboratory services, improve patient outcomes, and advance the next generation of personalized care.

In Washington, ACLA and its members advocate for reforms that improve patient care by:

Providing broad access to accurate and reliable clinical laboratory tests across public and private insurance programs;

Supporting a clear regulatory framework and market pathway for new, innovative laboratory diagnostics, including laboratory developed tests (LDTs) and in-vitro diagnostics; and

Improving care coordination among providers, hospitals and clinical laboratories. 

Our member companies participate directly with ACLA by designating individuals to represent them on a number of advisory committees designed to deal with a variety of issues of ongoing importance to clinical laboratories and the patients we serve.


The following principles of conduct guide ACLA member companies’ dealings with patients, payors and the medical community. Each ACLA member company pledges to:

  • Improve public health, well-being and safety by providing the highest quality laboratory testing services to:
    • Aid in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease;
    • Promote the maintenance of good health; and
    • Enable patients to receive the highest level of care.
  • Protect patient welfare and confidentiality by reporting test results only to those authorized by law to receive such results.
  • Safeguard public health, occupational safety, and the environment.
  • Conduct business practices in a fair and ethical manner.
  • Comply with federal, state and local regulations which govern the laboratory industry and its employees.