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Acceptance Criteria for Specimens and Test Requests

  • Sample Acceptance Criteria

SAMPLE
TYPE

MAJOR

STANDARD REQUIREMENTS
STANDARD CRITERIA SAMPLE SPECIFIC CRITERIA
General Laboratory                        
  • Sample accompanied by test request (requisition) submitted in a format approved for use by laboratory services
  • Standard requirements for requisition and labelling met
  • Request is legible
  • Requisition and sample labelling match                
  • Sample labelled on the primary collection container
  • Appropriate sample for test requested*
  • Adequate sample quantity for test(s) requested*
  • Proper collection (timed procedures, hemolysis, contamination, container, tube)*
  • Proper fixation, preservation and neutralization*
  • Proper, timely transportation (packaging, temperature, storage)*
  • Does not pose a safety risk to laboratory personnel, e.g. leaking, broken containers, sharps
 
Transfusion Medicine  
Pathology, Cytology, Microbiology Slides must be labelled using lead pencil or insoluble ink
Genetics Completed documentation for samples requiring pre-consultation or pre-counseling
Non-Clinical (Infection Control., Pharmaceutical, Animal, etc.)  
Environmental (Water, Ice, or Biological Indicator)  

*Refer to CLS Guide to Laboratory Services for specific requirements