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

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

The request was successful.

From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear DHB,

Request 1:
I am writing to request a copy of the your DHB's 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 your DHB's protocol.

Request 2:
Is your DHB protocol for the archiving, storage, or biobanking of human tissue for diagnostic purposes, whether they are formalin fixed, paraffin embedded or pathology slides, based on a universally adopted standard within NZ or has your DHB determined its own policy.

Request 3:
Please explain the potential hazards of leaving formalin fixed, paraffin embedded or pathology slides in an unsecure, non-temperature and non-humidity regulated environment for 2 months over a NZ summer: say a on an employee's desk which is open to the public and in a repurposed house adjacent to the hospital from mid December to late February.

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

Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Please note, I have made this same request to every DHB in NZ in order to ascertain if there is a universal standard within NZ and also to determine if every DHB is familiar with the hazards associated with mishandling of pathology specimens.

Yours faithfully,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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From: OIA Request [WrDHB]
Wairarapa District Health Board

Dear Amy

Official information request.

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your official information request
dated 22 March regarding Best Practice: Archiving, Storage, Biobanking of
Human Tissue for Diagnostic Purposes.

It should be noted that many key staff involved with the sourcing and
preparation of material for your OIA request are also directly involved
with work associated with COVID-19.

 

This may impact on our ability to respond to certain OIA requests within
normal timeframes. If this is the case we will notify you as soon
practical.

 

We received your request on 23 March. We will endeavour to respond to your
request as soon as possible and in any event no later than 22 April 2020,
being 20 working days after the day your request was received. If we are
unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an
extension of that timeframe.

If the information requested cannot be made available without substantial
collation, under section 18(f) and section 18A(1)(a) of the Official
Information Act 1982 we may refuse the request or fix a charge under
section 15. If your request falls into this category we will inform you as
soon as possible.

If any additional factors come to light that are relevant to your request,
please do not hesitate to contact us so that these can be taken into
account.

Please note that, like all DHBs across New Zealand, Wairarapa DHB has
adopted a model of proactive disclosure which sees OIA responses publicly
available on our website no less than one week after they have been
released.

 

If you believe there are any special reasons why proactive disclosure
should not apply to your response, we will be happy to consider this.

Yours sincerely

Caroline van Deventer

Communications Administrator

 

 

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From: OIA Request [WrDHB]
Wairarapa District Health Board


Attachment W20 440 signed response.pdf
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Hi

Please find attached the signed response to your OIA request.

 

Many thanks

 

Caroline

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear OIA Request [WrDHB],

Thank you for your response to my OIA request. Given that WrDHB contracts out their pathology services, I respectfully request that WrDHB transfer my OIA request to the appropriate agency, pursuant to section 14 of the OIA.

Yours sincerely,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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From: OIA Request [WrDHB]
Wairarapa District Health Board

In response to your request, I can confirm that the answers that CCDHB and HVDHB provided in their response H20_21-46 / OIA 2020/051 also applies to Wairarapa DHB.

Please note that all of the testing is provided by Wellington SCL. No anatomical pathology is performed onsite in the Wairarapa Hospital Laboratory.

Caroline van Deventer | Communications Administrator
Wairarapa DHB
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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear OIA Request [WrDHB],

Thank you very much for confirming that your response is consistent with the other two DHB's.

Kindest regards,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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