UK Health Security Agency


The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is responsible for planning, preventing and responding to external health threats, and providing intellectual, scientific and operational leadership at national and local level, as well as globally. We are an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care. 

The Agency operates a network of laboratories across England including centres of excellence at Colindale (London) and Porton (Wiltshire), providing a range of clinical, reference and public health microbiology services including bacteriology, mycology, virology, immunology, and genomics. Leadership in communicable diseases, field epidemiology and rapid investigations is also supported by real-time surveillance and analysis and emergency preparedness and response activities delivered via regional health protection teams. All our laboratories have active research and development interests, including the evaluation of novel vaccines, antimicrobials, and in vitro diagnostics, and all our clinical laboratories can assist with access to clinical samples, including novel and emerging pathogens.