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Collecton, storage and transport of samples for testing at GenoID laboratory

GenoID’s automated system is able to handle many kinds of male and female sample types, providing results to a wide range of clinicians such as gynaecologists, dermatologists, urologists and researchers in 24-72 hours.

Please find general information about sending samples to us such as sample types, test request, transportation and reporting.

1. Sample type

Several transport media developed to preserve cells are validated to detect pathogens on GenoID’s system.

Various sample types should be handled in different ways to assure that the samples arrive in their best condition for diagnostics.

Summary of sample collection, storage and transport instructions for GenoID tests

Sample types validated for STD and HPV tests

  • Cervical sample: The cervical smear taking protocol should be followed. The swab or brush sample should be transferred into any of the following transport tubes: Cymol, Easyfix, Liquiprep, Surepath, PreservCyt, cobas® PCR Cell Collection Media, cobas® PCR Female Swab Sample Kit. An aliquot from the original tubes with a minimum volume of 3 ml is needed.
  • Urine: first catch urine, minimum 8 ml collected in a sterile urine cup.
    - Native urine: may be stored at room temperature for 24h, and for 6 months when frozen. Store frozen until shipping.
    - Stabilized urine: Urine sample may be stabilized with cobas® PCR Urine Sample Kit and transported at room temperature. Once the specimen has been stabilized, it may be stored at 2-30ºC for up to 90 days.
  • Semen: minimum 0.5-1 ml collected in a sterile urine cup. Store frozen until shipping.
  • Urethral swab or brush sample: should be transferred into any of the transport tubes listed at cervical sample
  • Vaginal swab or brush sample: should be transferred into any of the transport tubes listed at cervical sample
  • Pharyngeal swab or brush sample (for STD only): should be transferred into any of the transport tubes listed at cervical sample
  • Anal swab or brush sample: should be transferred into any of the transport tubes listed at cervical sample
  • Scraping, lesion scraping: swab or brush sample should be transferred into any of the transport tubes listed at cervical sample
  • Condyloma: swab sample or biopsies should be transferred into any of the transport tubes listed at cervix. Please mark “Biopsy” on the tube as well.
  • Qvintip: vaginal self sampling, see the Qvintip sample collection guide

Upon request we validate other sample transport tubes and sample types.
Please contact us for further details.

2. Test request

For our partner’s convenience we accept any kind of electronic or paper request forms that contain the necessary information. Alternatively, you can download our test request form.

3. Sending samples

The number of outsourced diagnostics testing is growing worldwide. International courier companies help to get packages safely and fast to GenoID.
It takes 24 hours to receive samples from Europe and 2-3 days from the rest of the world.

There are special regulations by IATA that should be followed when sending biological samples by air that could be followed easily.
Our Referral Manager assists you from the first steps.

4. Reporting

Turnaround times for tests are 48-72 hours (on working days) from receipt in the laboratory.
Different report formats are available to serve best our partners’ needs. You may choose to have the reports by:

  1. PDF/Excel form
  2. GenoID’s Online Result System
  3. Fax

 

 


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