Guidance on specimen collection, packaging and transport, and rejection criteria.
A properly collected specimen is critical to quality test results. Ensure that:
Guides and protocols.
Samples need to be collected and packed into appropriate sample containers provided by the laboratory in order to maintain integrity of the sample(s). Attention needs to be given to temperature, special transport containers and time limitations.
Samples need to be transported for subsequent processing and testing. Various transport systems can be used, covering long or short distances.
Specimen rejection criteria
Sometimes tests cannot be performed in the laboratory if samples fall short of the quality, volume or other eligibility criteria. In these cases, the laboratory may need to reject the samples, and not carry out processing.