1. To serve as a specialized technical resource of Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH) to assist, advise, and cooperate with the Members in the surveillance, prevention, and control of non-communicable as well as communicable diseases and in the development of health promotion programmes by the Members to such ends.
2. To act as a Centre for epidemiological and statistical analysis, including situational analysis and trend assessment for all countries in the Caribbean which are Members or which will be participating in, or cooperating with CAREC.
3. To assist, advice and cooperate with the Members on the attainment of the level of national epidemiological and laboratory capacity necessary for defining health sector priorities, designing effective interventions and evaluating performance, including the development and maintenance of effective surveillance and control measures for health problems of public health importance.
4. To provide reference and referral laboratory services in microbiology, immunology, and medical entomology, in support of national, CCH and regional programmes of disease surveillance and control, the range of services to be consistent with national needs and the recommendations of the Council of CAREC (“the Council”).
5. To maintain facilities for the investigation of selected human and animal diseases and health problems of public health importance.
6. To assess new laboratory procedures, provide advisory services on their suitability, and maintain test panels to facilitate the assessment.
7. To provide training in epidemiology, laboratory technology, and related public health disciplines and their application to surveillance, epidemic investigation and control, health situation analysis and trend assessment; to cooperate in relevant training in related areas such as economics and social sciences and to assist participating Universities with teaching.
8. To undertake and collaborate in applied and operational research on health and disease problems of importance to the Caribbean.
9. To provide facilities for visiting scientists, academics, attached students, etc., where feasible.
10. To collaborate closely with all Caribbean and other regional and international institutions, and with non-governmental and private sector entities working in related fields of activity, as well as with the Universities of the West Indies, Guyana and Suriname, particularly with faculties of medical and related health sciences, with the Caribbean Health Research Council (“the CHRC”) and with the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (“CARICOM”) acting as the Secretariat of the Council on Human and Social Development (“the COHSOD”).
11. To promote and advocate policies and programmes to protect health and prevent disease, including the implementation of an improved public health infrastructure.
12. To promote and advocate the implementation of an improved public health infrastructure, including epidemiology and laboratory services.
13. To mobilize technical, financial, and information resources on behalf of Members to address important health problems.
14. To disseminate information to governments and other agencies for the purpose of improving health and preventing disease.
15. To perform such other functions as the Council may recommend from time to time.