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Specimen Identification (Labeling)

The laboratory reserves the right to refuse improperly labeled specimens. Specimens collected for laboratory testing must be labelled with a permanently attached label in the form of a computer generated label or written legibly in indelible ink. The label must include, at minimum, the patient's legal name (last name and first name), and a second unique identifier that can be traced directly back to the patient, specifically their Personal Health Number (PHN) or Medical Record Number (MRN). The label should match the requisition accordingly.

Refer to Sample Labelling Requirements for information about the required information on specimen labels.

For instructions for applying pre-printed labels, refer to Laboratory Specimen Label Placement or Instructions for Labelling Blood Tubes with Pre-printed Labels.