Best Practice: Archiving, Storage, Biobanking of Human Tissue for Diagnostic Purposes

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt made this Official Information request to Auckland District Health Board

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear Auckland District Health Board,

Request 1:
I am writing to request a copy of the ADHB best practice protocol for the archiving, storage, or biobanking of human tissue for diagnostic purposes, whether they are formalin fixed, paraffin embedded or pathology slides, and the standards, legislation or scientific evidence which provides the basis for the ADHB protocol.

Request 2:
Is the ADHB best practice protocol for the archiving, storage, or biobanking of human tissue for diagnostic purposes, whether they are formalin fixed, paraffin embedded or pathology slides, is a standard which is universally adopted by all NZ DHB's and medical laboratories, or does each DHB or medical laboratory determine their own best practice?

Request 3:
Please explain the potential hazards of leaving formalin fixed, paraffin embedded or pathology slides in an unsecure, non-temperature regulated environment (say a on an employee's desk outside of the laboratory) for 2 months.

Request 4:
Please provide me with the name of the independent agency or agencies which provides oversight for medical laboratories in NZ.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Please note, this request is for my information and is not a reflection upon the practices at ADHB but to ascertain if there is a universal standard within NZ. I will be making this same request to every DHB in NZ.

Kindest regards,
Amy S Van Wey Lovatt
(A NZ Citizen)

Yours faithfully,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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From: Elaine Keenan (ADHB)
Auckland District Health Board

Dear Amy

Re Official Information Request - Human tissue for diagnostic purposes

I am writing to acknowledge your official information request dated 11 March 2020.

We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and, in any event, no later than 8 April 2020. We will contact you if an extension is required.

Please note that, like other DHBs across New Zealand, Auckland DHB has adopted a model of proactive disclosure which sees OIA responses publically available on our website approximately one month after they have been released. If you believe that there are any special reasons why proactive disclosure should not apply to our response to you, we will be happy to consider this.

Regards

Elaine Keenan
Team Administrator
Corporate Business Services
S (09) 630-9943 ext 22346 | [email address]
Auckland District Health Board | Level 1 | Building 37 | Auckland City Hospital | Park Road | Auckland

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From: Elaine Keenan (ADHB)
Auckland District Health Board


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Attachment Attachment 1 of OIA response 2016 Human Tissue Act 2008.pdf
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Attachment Attachment 2 Body parts tissue storage cremation and return.pdf
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Attachment Attachment 3 General Disposal Authority1.pdf
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Attachment Attachment 4 LPADMQASIN018 Retention of Laboratory Records Samples.pdf
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Attachment Attachment 5 NPAAC Requirements for the retention of laboratory records and diagnostic material 2018.pdf
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Attachment Attachment 6 The retention and storage of pathological records and specimens 5th edition.pdf
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Dear Amy

 

Attached please find ADHB response to your OIA request dated 11 March
2020.

 

Regards

 

Elaine Keenan

Team Administrator

Corporate Business Services

( (09) 630-9943  ext 22346 | * [email address]

Auckland District Health Board | Level 1 |  Building 37 | Auckland City
Hospital | Park Road | Auckland

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear Elaine Keenan (ADHB),

I would like to thank ADHB for the very thorough and considered response to my OIA request. This is the first ADHB response which I have received which fully complies with the OIA and the principles of transparency, in which the Act was based.

Perhaps the CE ought to respond to all of OIA requests, or at least use this response as an example for the training of ADHB staff.

In the spirit of transparency, and to reduce requests for policy, perhaps ADHB (and all DHB's) out to ensure that their policies are made public rather than private. This would only take the click of a mouse by and IT member, or at most a line or two of code.

Yours sincerely,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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From: Elaine Keenan (ADHB)
Auckland District Health Board

I am currently out of the office and will return on Tuesday 2 June 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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