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EMSL Toronto is Now CDC ELITE Proficient for Legionella Testing

EMSL Analytical operates 6 CDC ELITE proficient labs in the United States and Canada to assist our clients with their risk assessment monitoring for Legionella bacteria.


EMSL Toronto Lab is now Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ELITE Program Proficient.

The ELITE Program was created as a way for laboratories to test their Legionella isolation techniques against standardized samples. Proficiency status indicates that the lab meets or exceeds typical industry standards for recovery of Legionella.

Legionella bacteria can grow in the biofilm in a multitude of warm water sources such as water cooling towers, hot tubs, showerheads, faucets, large plumbing systems, and parts of air conditioning systems of large buildings. When aerosolized mist containing the bacteria is inhaled, a severe, possibly fatal, pneumonia, known as Legionnaires’ disease, can be contracted. It is not spread person to person. Risk factors for acquiring Legionnaires ’ disease are being immunosuppressed, having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, being a heavy smoker, or having diabetes or kidney disease.

In response to several recent Legionnaires’ outbreaks, some Canadian cities have enforced the Cooling Tower Registry by-law. This requires cooling tower operators and owners to register with Public Health Services and have a Legionella risk management plan in place. The annual monitoring program involves laboratory testing for Legionella.

 “Clients can be assured of EMSL’s scientifically defensible data, as we have proudly passed the CDC Legionella Testing Proficiency Program in our Cinnaminson, NJ; Houston, TX; San Leandro, CA; Indianapolis, IN; Manhattan, NY; and now Toronto, ON laboratories” states Sneha Panchal, M.Sc, Microbiology Laboratory Manager.
To learn more about Legionella or other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing services, please visit, email or call 1-800-220-3675.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies.



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