Notes for Sample Requirements

Sample Requirements

Samples can be shipped on a daily basis by regular mail (special shipping, e.g., overnight is not required).

If blood was taken late in the evening, the blood sample can be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature (do not freeze) overnight and can be sent the next day.

The blood sample should not be exposed to direct sunlight.

Dried Blood Spot Kits can be requested free of charge via the contact form (on the right).

Shipping address:
CeGaT GmbH
Paul-Ehrlich-Straße 23
D-72076 Tübingen
Germany

Blood

For the analysis, 3–5ml venous whole blood is required. The blood should be drawn into an EDTA Monovette® (purple top, EDTA tube) and spun lightly to avoid partial clotting. Label the Monovette with the patient’s full name, date of birth, and the date the blood was drawn.

By regular mail, please send the following items to our lab:

  • Monovette
  • Order Form
  • Letter of Referral

Lab Address:

CeGaT GmbH
Paul-Ehrlich-Str. 23
D-72076 Tübingen
Germany

DNA

Isolated DNA samples may also be sent for analysis. The DNA sample should have 5 µg genomic DNA (concentration of at least 50 ng/µl in water or puffer). Label the sample tube with the patient’s full name and date of birth.

Declaration of Consent and Additional Documents

Please fill out the Order Form completely and send it together with your samples to ensure a rapid handling of the case.

NOTE: The signed declarations of consent of the patient (and the family members, if necessary) and the signature of the physician on the Order Form are very important.

Patients with private insurance or orders from foreign countries need an agreement to cover costs or the information that they need a quotation before.

Please note that any incomplete forms will delay the handling of your order.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Incomplete order forms
  • Missing physician signature
  • Missing patient data
  • Missing letter of referral
  • Unsolved assumption of costs
Dried Blood Spot Kit

Order Dried Blood Spot Kit

1 + 3 = ?

Dried Blood Spot Cards

Please follow these instructions for easy specimen shipping.

Additional information

  • Download consent order forms.
  • Always send a signed consent order form with every sample.
  • Name and date of birth must be written on the order form and each dried blood spot card.
  • Always store the blood sport cards in a dry place at room temperature. Once the sample has dried, place the card in the plastic protective sleeve. In warm and humid climates, please send cards within one week.
  • Dried blood spot specimens are considered non-infectious, nonregulated, exempt materials by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the International Air Transporter Association (IATA), and the World Health Organizations (WHO). Local regulations and institutional policies must be adhered to.

Valid

Valid Dried Blood Spot Card

Pipette 100 μl of required sample or approximately 4 drops onto the circle without touching the surface of the filter paper. The circle should be filled with blood. The entire circle should be uniformly saturated but the blood spots must not be connected.

Invalid

Invalid Dried Blood Spot Card

Please avoid undersaturation or oversaturation of the card. Do not touch the surface of the filter paper.

How does it work?

Choose Diagnostic

Make a selection from the available tests. If you need help finding an appropriate test please contact our Diagnostic Support team.

Genetic Counseling

Patient gets a genetic counseling and signs the Order Form with consent form.

Sample

Blood sample (3–5 ml purple top EDTA tube) or genomic DNA (5 μg) can be sent to us.

Image - shipping of the dried blood spot

Shipping

Shipment of sample and Order Form.