Requirements for the packaging and transport of pathology specimens and associated materials (Fourth Edition 2013)
This document was published by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) whilst under the governance of the Department of Health and Aged Care. From 1 July 2021, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) assumed responsibility for coordinating the National Pathology Accreditation (NPA) Scheme and supporting the development of the pathology accreditation standards.
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The Requirements for the Packaging and Transport of Pathology Specimens and associated materials sets out the minimum standards to assist pathology laboratories with the preparation of policies and procedures for the correct packaging of pathology specimens and associated materials for transportation. Pathology specimens and associated materials must be transported and packaged in a suitable manner to:
- Protect the safety of everyone required to handle the specimen and package; and
- Ensure that the material is maintained under suitable conditions.
This document must be read in conjunction with the Tier 2 document - Requirements for Medical Pathology Services.
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