Specimen Collection and Preparation
Instructions by Specimen Type
Find instructions about collecting and preparing specimens based on specimen type.
Light Protection Tests
View a list of tests that require amber-colored tubes.
Category A Infectious Substances
View the classification of infectious substances and learn which are considered Category A.
Microbiology Culture Tests
View a list of tests that require the “C” label.
View a chart listing preservatives for the collection and transportation for 24-hour urine specimens.
Customized Shipping Instructions
Find customized instructions by answering a questionnaire (requires sign in).
Dangerous Goods Training
Access self-paced online training and certification for safe collection, handling, packaging, and shipment of specimens.
View and print comprehensive shipping guides for U.S. and international locations.
View transportation rules published by federal and international agencies.
View information about how to safely and legally package and ship medical specimens.
View and print a guide for packaging and shipping medical specimens.
Print the CDC permit to send with the specimen (international only).