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

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

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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: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear Whanganui District Health Board,

This is a gentle reminder that I am still waiting for the information from my OIA request from 22 March 2020. Even though WhDHB has not provided any acknowledgment to my request, or a request for extension, as required under the OIA, I have been lenient due to COVID. However, now that COVID is no longer an issue in NZ, I trust that the information will be forthcoming by 4 July 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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From: Michelle Tattersall
Whanganui District Health Board

It has come to my attention that the Whanganui District Health Board link on the FYI website was incorrect and OIA requests have not been forwarded to our OIA administrator (currently me) for actioning.

This includes your request dated 22 March 2020.

I apologise that this issue was not picked up until. The problem has been fixed.

Can you please advise if you would like to reinstate your OIA request.

Regards
Anne Phoenix
OIA Administrator
[Whanganui DHB request email]

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