Public Health Laboratory Services

Service Introduction

Public Health Laboratory is a department under the General Health Care Sub-board. It was founded in 1985 and relocated to a new premise, the Public Health Laboratory Building at Estrada dos Parses No. 8, in July 1998.

The Laboratory is committed to providing efficient and quality-assured laboratory support in the areas of public health, food hygiene, drug monitoring, as well as the prevention and diagnosis of infectious diseases. It is also involved in research projects in collaboration with other institutions with the aim of understanding the health risk factors in Macao and evaluating the spread of common epidemic diseases in the community.

Apart from laboratory support, the Laboratory also offers internship opportunities for clinical pathologists of the Health Bureau and undergraduate students of the School of Health Sciences, Macao Polytechnic Institute, with a major in Biomedical Technology (Medical Laboratory Technology).

In order to achieve the best performance in discharging its functions, the Public Health Laboratory spares no effort in elevating and optimizing its service standard to ensure a scientific, independent and impartial testing service, and guarantee the accuracy and validity of the test results. In March 2006, the Public Health Laboratory was awarded accreditation according to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025 for its technical competence in the scopes of chemical and non-clinical microbiological testing.

Spectrum of work

Pursuant to the provisions of Article 23 of Decree-Law no. 81/99/M dated 15th November:

a)  Plan and implement the necessary actions to better understand the health risk factors and the spread of common epidemic diseases in the community, and evaluate the respective results;

b)  Perform the requested laboratory tests, including

  1. Certain chemical and microbiological analysis for food, water quality, drugs and clinical specimens;
  2. Provide laboratory diagnostic service for infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, virology and parasitology, and offer confirmatory test for HIV antibodies.

Note:For the list of test items, please refer to the “Testing Service Agreement – Tuberculosis、Virology、Parasitology and Lead in Blood” and “Scope of Testing Service – Bacteriology、Chemistry and Calibration”. For the application of infectious disease testing, please read the “Clinical Specimen Collection and Submission Guidelines” and complete the relevant request form.

c)  Conduct research projects in collaboration with other institutions.

Service targets and eligibility

a)  Request for food, water quality and drug testing: to be applied by public authorities (except for the entities which have signed a cooperation protocol with the Laboratory);

b)  Request for infectious disease testing:

  1. To be applied by government health institutions/departments (except for the entities which have signed a cooperation protocol with the Laboratory); or
  2. Request for HIV/AIDS and dengue blood test can be made by non-government health institutions/clinics.

Result of application

a)  Results of food, water quality and drug testing will be delivered to the requesting institution/department in the form of paper-based report;

b)  Results of infectious disease testing will be released in the form of test report:

  1. To be uploaded to the Health Bureau’s Hospital Information System (HIS) by electronic means; or
  2. To be sent to the requesting institution/department on paper.


Executive department and unit: Health Bureau – Public Health Laboratory

Correspondence address: Public Health Laboratory Building, Estrada dos Parses No. 8

Telephone: (853) 2853 0160 / (853) 2853 2509

Facsimile: (853) 2853 0294


Content provider: Health Bureau (SS)

Last modified: 2020-01-08 11:47

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