The Laboratory Response Network or better known as LRN was first established in the year 1999 as a part of the early efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services as well as by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under the Presidential Decision Directive 39, which urges to build anti-terrorism policies in the national. Primarily, the LRN is set to cooperate with other federal departments and agencies to handle assigned specific missions regarding the probable biological atttacks of terrorsim in the United States. Purpose and Scope
In serving its designated purpose as a ratified health organization, the LRN is destined to work in close contact with its other founding partners: the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Association of Public Health Laboratories. Funadamentally, the LRN is established to serve to purpose of ensuring and strengthening the capabilities and effectiveness of all the U. S. Laboratories to respond in any possible assault of bioterrorism, by means of improving and modernizing the infrastructure of all the laboratories in both the state and federal levels.
Thus, the LRN’s main objective involves liberalizing the healthcare laboraties which have restricted reach to respond against terrorism. More so, the LRN is in charged of maintaining that effective and mutual connections among the essential local and state public health, international laboratories, military and federal department to ensure a systematic approach in responding to various terrorist assualts such as chemical terrorism, bioterrorism and other serious public health emergencies.
On the other hand, the LRN’s scope, as a health organization, involves serving as the connecting channel among the state and local public health laboratories, agriculture, veterinary, military and other laboratories that execute water- and food-testing, to ensure that these elements are not to be used in any chemical and biological terrorist attacks. More so, LRN’s scope is drawn within the task of developing the public health infrastructure by means of empowering the capacity of these labaratories.
Also, the scope of organization is extended in ensuring that all of its member laboratories are well equipped in terms of the caapcities of their staff level and only employs modern labaoratory technologies. Critique and Probable Shortcommings There is no doubt that the formation of the Laboratory Response Network or LRN is a brilliant advancement and effort, which the United States and Center for Disease Control (CDC) have done as part of the nation’s, as well as the global, campaign against possible biologiocal and chemical terrorism.
However, this brilliant benefit could be a great jeopardy, as the LRN employs strict guidelines and standard in accepting member laboraties from inside and outside of the country. Most of the member laboratories of LRN are from well-established and industrialized countries, meaning the organization only accepts laboratories that have capacity and resources to avail of expensive advance laboratory technology and infrastructure.
Considering the fact that the organization is really dedicated to pursue their mission and purpose, the LRN must also render definite attention among the laboratories that have minimal capacities in availing advance infrastructure and modern technologies in laboratory. More so, the LRN must start in launching a broader and more comprehensive campaign by means of funding and instituting state-of-the-art Laboratories to be given among the worthy allies abroad, more especially in developing countries wherein the threat of biological and chemical terrorism is in critical condition.
Lastly, it is considered that LRN has a possible shortcoming in failing to save the lives of the people who succumb in the most recent outbreak of bioterrorism in the United States, as this is the main integral part of the organization’s purpose and scope, which is to save lives and protect the people aganist any chemical and biologcal terrorism. Reference Perkins, B. and Popovic T. and Yeskey, K. (2002) Public Health in the Time of Bioterrorism. Retrieved June 18, 2009, from http://www. cdc. gov/ncidod/eid/vol8no10/02-0444. htm