Specimen collection and transport
The laboratory will deliver a supply of LBC sample kits to each practice/clinic. If there are any issues relating to the provision of LBC kits, please contact the lead biomedical scientists on 0161 276 5119.
Posting LBC vials
Any samples posted to the department MUST comply with “The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment (CDG) Regulations 2011”. These Regulations set the legal framework in the United Kingdom. Cervical samples fall into Category B [Ref: UN number 3373, packaging instruction P650 for which, three layers of packaging are required:]
- 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. Enough absorbent material must be added to the secondary bag to absorb any potential spillage of the sample. The request card must be placed a 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 label. The size of the diamond should be 100mm but must not be reduced to less than 50mm, the lines must be 2mm thick and the minimum height of the lettering must be 6mm.
The laboratory uses a database to keep a record of the number of LBC kits used by each surgery and clinic to ensure that supplies are readily available. For any enquiry regarding LBC kits please contact the laboratory on 0161 276 5172.
LBC stock rotation
Please be aware that LBC kits have an expiry date and it is the sample takers responsibility to ensure that there is stock rotation and to check that the vials they are using have not passed the expiry date as printed labels containing patient details often obscure the expiry date once attached to the vial.
- Download our guide to Surepath LBC cervical sample collection and preparation
(Last reviewed November 16th 2017)