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Processed Biospecimen Services
Policy Regarding Research Usage Of Formalin Fixed Wet Tissue

Last Updated: 03/19/2010

Policy

  1. Researchers and Tissue Biorepositories may be provided with formalin-fixed wet tissue no sooner than 2 weeks after the surgical pathology report has been verified.
  2. Fixed wet tissues eligible for inclusion in research studies are currently only those with prior patient consent. However, a researcher may present an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved protocol for prospective collection of formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded tissue generated from “excess” tissue with appropriate cost recovery.
  3. Protocol for obtaining fixed wet tissue is as follows:
    1. Within 2 days of the procedure, the entity that intends to request tissue must inform the Department of Pathology of the identification of that tissue to be requested and provide an anonymous number and fixative-filled container of ample size to accommodate the specimen. No specimen will be transferred in the original container or have any identifiers associated.
    2. At a time no sooner than 2 weeks after the surgical pathology report has been verified, Department of Pathology staff will transfer materials to the container provided by the requesting entity.
    3. The specimen will be retrieved by the requesting entity within 2 working days or the specimen will be discarded according to appropriate departmental protocols.
    4. A handling fee will be charged for each specimen thus transferred to a requesting research entity (see below). The fee will allow for pathologist review of report for completeness and review of materials for potential teaching usage in order to assure appropriateness of transfer. In addition, it will allow for technical time to handle the specimens and alert the requesting entity of their availability.
  4. ALL HIPPA REQUIREMENTS FOR PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY WILL BE MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES AND NO PATHOLOGY REPORTS SHALL BE PROVIDED. Any slides generated will be provided anonymously.

WET TISSUE/PROSPECTIVE EXCESS TISSUE BLOCK REQUESTS MUST BE APPROVED BY A DESIGNEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY

REQUESTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ORDER FORM AND AN EXCESS BIOSPECIMEN FORM

The following FEE SCHEDULE applies:

  1. Pathologist identification of tumor and normal tissue ($200 per hour – MUSC internal fee)
  2. Handling fee per specimen of $10
  3. Block cost recovery for prospective collection - $50

Any histology lab processing fees are charged separately. FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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