Guidance on specimen collection, packaging and transport, and rejection criteria.


A properly collected specimen is critical to quality test results. Ensure that:

  • The correct specimen type is collected.
  • The correct amount is collected.
  • The specimen is collected in the right container with any necessary additives.
  • The specimens are collected following safe working practices.
  • Ensure that there is no contamination from external sources when collecting
  • microbiology and virology samples.
  • Clean surgical instruments and surgical trays must be used when collecting Histopathology samples.
  • The container is securely sealed and labelled.