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Specimen packaging

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.

There are specific packaging instructions and labelling requirements requiring triple packaging:

  1. Primary leak-proof container – tube or vial containing the sample
  2. Secondary watertight container, with absorbent material, intended to protect the primary container
  3. Outer container protects the secondary container

There are specific packaging instructions for frozen samples requiring shipment using BioFreeze bottles, or Dry Ice.

For information please contact the Referrals Dept (