Package and transport of samples
Samples taken at central site must be sent with the
porter and not via the pneumatic tube.
Non-gynaecological cytology samples requiring transport on the
public road must be packaged and transported in compliance with
"The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure
Equipment Regulations (ADR Regulations) 2011". Specimens must be
packaged according to P650 instructions with a UN3373 diamond point
label - Biological Substance, Category B.
Please note instructions P650 requires three layers of
- Primary container (e.g. universal tube, vial)
- Secondary container (e.g. specimen bag)
- Outer packaging (e.g. rigid transport box)
The primary sample must be individually bagged in a secondary
bag and sealed. If the sample is liquid, enough absorbent material
must be added to the secondary bag to absorb a potential spillage
of the sample. The request form must be placed in the specimen
bag's separate pouch.
Specimens must then be placed in a rigid box and closed. The box
must comply with Transport Regulations. The outside must be clearly
labelled Biological Substance Category B, with a UN3373 diamond
If a sample is sent by post, please note that Royal Mail will
only carry UN3373 Diagnostic Specimens if they are packed following
Packaging Instruction P650 and:
- Are sent by first class post or Special Delivery and to inland
- The packet is marked with the sender's name, telephone number
All specimens must be delivered to the laboratory as
soon as possible in order to provide the best service possible and
keep turnaround times to a minimum.
(Last updated April 21st