Policies: Please note that we are
not able to accept specimens on Saturday.
fees are the responsibility of the sender or
patient. Johns Hopkins does not cover these fees
as part of our diagnostic service. Please DO NOT
select "Bill Recipient" when sending a
sample to the laboratory.
International Air Transport Association has
updated the regulations for shipping dangerous
goods (including infectious agents and diagnostic
specimens). Please visit the IATA web site
(www.iata.org) for details.
As of January 1, 2007,
samples must be labeled:
Substance, Category B"
'Clinical Specimen' and 'Diagnostic Specimen' should no
longer be used.
here for a summary of the 2006 regulations.
here for a sample label that
can be printed and affixed to your packages.
of medical diagnostic specimens is also regulated
by the FAA and individual overnight courier
services. Please consult your courier for their
specific packaging requirements and acceptable
shipping options for medical specimens.
packaging guidelines include wrapping glass tubes in absorbent
padding, including at least one water-tight barrier in the
packaging, and always mailing specimens in a sturdy box.
Your courier service may also require a special outer envelope
identifying the package as a biological substance.
Each specimen should be accompanied by:
copy of our requisition form. (See the Forms page to
family history and/or medical information
for the test being ordered (please see
individual test pages for specific
information. Testing will not be
initiated until financial responsibility
samples, please call the lab at: