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Clinical Specimen Collection Units

All packages containing Biological Substances and/or Infectious Substances must conform to Federal Postal Regulations and/or United Parcel Service/Federal Expressguidelines for the transporting of specimens of this type. These regulations are subject to change! Clients are strongly encouraged to contact their carrier representative for the most current regulations.

The shipper is responsible for being sure that their package is in compliance with current regulations.


  • The specimen must be properly packaged and labeled while in transit to the laboratory.
  • The specimen must not arrive at the laboratory in a condition which poses a hazard to the laboratory staff or others who handle the specimen.
  • Do not use wet ice, as it melts and may leak in transit, thus endangering the integrity of the specimen.  If indicated, use the ice substitute provided.
  • The specimen must be delivered to the laboratory in a timely manner.  Delays in transit may render the specimen unsuitable for testing.  Mail or ship specimens as early as possible in the week to avoid weekend or holiday delays. Refer to the Directions accompanying the collection units on the proper way to prepare specimens for shipment.



If you would like to order individual components for the units, please fill out the Specimen Shipping Units Requisition (DCH-0568) and submit to the address indicated on the form via email or fax.


Contact the Laboratory Support Unit.  Phone 517-335-9040, fax 517-335-9039. The Laboratory Support Unit is opened 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for State Holidays.

Currently we are not able to accept orders by phone.

Rev. 08/24/2022