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

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt made this Official Information request to Northland 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: Kathryn Leydon (NDHB)
Northland District Health Board


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Dear Amy

Northland DHB's response to your Official Information Act request is attached.

Regards
Kathryn Leydon

Director Governance & Compliance
Northland DHB
Tel 09 430 4100 ext 60640
[mobile number]
email [email address]

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear Kathryn Leydon (NDHB),

Thank you very much for your considered and thorough response.

Yours sincerely,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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From: Kathryn Leydon (NDHB)
Northland District Health Board

I am out of the office until 2 June  2020.  Please direct any urgent
queries to Julie Shepherd at [email address]

 

 

 

 

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