If possible, please send blood specimens at the day of collection. Specimens are best stored at 4 °C before shipment. Avoid freezing. Shipping specimens at room temperature is appropriate.
Stability depends on the extraction method. Usually DNA specimens are stable at room temperature and the shipment is not critical. Shipping specimen at room temperature is appropriate.
The specimen can be shipped by an international carrier such as Federal Express (http://www.fedex.com), UPS (http://www.ups.com), and DHL (http://www.dhl.com).
Follow your guidelines for international shipping of lab specimens.
Packing has to follow the regulations for biological substances, category B specimen. (Categories according to International Civil Aviation Organization and International Air Transport Association).
This includes the following recommendations:
- Leak proof primary container
- Watertight secondary container with list of contents on the outside
- Outer container or plastic bag with proper labeling
Laboratory for Molecular Diagnostics
Center for Nephrology and Metabolic Disorders
Dr. Mato Nagel, MD
Acknowledgment of receipt
You will receive an e-mail or fax confirming the sample arrival. Please provide the contact details (e-mail, fax) to whom the acknowledgment should be sent.