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SPECIMEN REJECTION CRITERIA

Specimens may be rejected based upon the following criteria however this decision will be made on a case by case basis and the submitting agency will be notified

SPECIMEN REJECTION CRITERIA FURTHER ACTION

Unlabelled or mislabelled specimen

Submitting agency will be notified that specimen will be discarded

Specimens with insufficient volume

Specimen deemed not to be of an acceptable quality for processing at CARPHA

Submitting agency will be notified and new specimens will be requested by CARPHA

Submitting agency will be notified and specimen will be discarded

Specimens without the following information:

  • Clinical diagnosis and/or signs and symptoms
  • Date of onset of symptoms
  • Date of specimen collection

The submitting agency will receive notification requesting the required information prior to testing.

Specimens will be appropriately stored awaiting the requested information

Illegible patient documentation.

A request for clarification of information will be sent to the submitting agency for urgent resolution

Inappropriate container or specimen type for the test requested.

Submitting agency will be notified and new specimens will be requested


NOTE: All specimens referred to and received at CARPHA remain the property of CARPHA


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