CPHLN supports the following Issue groups:
- LPR - Laboratory Preparedness and Response
- WFSE - Water / Food Safety and Enterics
- Laboratory Standardization
- RCA - Reference Center Advisory
CPHLN also support the following task groups:
Pandemic Influenza Laboratory Preparedness Network - PILPN
Federal - Tim Booth (PHAC/NML)
Provincial – Todd Hatchette (Nova Scotia)
The Pandemic Influenza Laboratory Preparedness Network (PILPN) was formed in 2005 as a proactive step in pandemic planning. PILPN is comprised of federal, provincial, hospital, and regional public health laboratories.
PILPN’s main charge is to ensure that public health laboratories are able to respond effectively to an Influenza pandemic. PILPN has addressed this charge by providing leadership in laboratory preparations for pandemic Influenza which have been proven effective through the response to pH1N1 (2009).
The Pandemic Influenza Laboratory Preparedness Network (PILPN) has three main objectives:
- To anticipate demands, challenges and courses of action relevant to laboratories during a pandemic.
- To develop and steward Pandemic Best Practice for laboratories.
- To review successes and lessons learned with respect to response to pH1N1.