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Processed Biospecimen Services
Policy Regarding Research Usage Of Archived FFPE Materials

Last Updated: 03/19/2010

Policy

  • Researchers and Tissue Biorepositories may request archived formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues with appropriate and current Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or exemption. No more than 10 blocks may be on loan at a time and a deposit of $200 per request must be received prior to block loan. Any IRB exemption requiring use of blocks (and not de-identified slides) must specify request of a unique identifier, that is, the pathology accession number and block number.
  • If requested blocks are less than 10 years old, justification for use is required; that is, research must be directed with a specific goal. No specimens less than 10 years old will be reviewed by a pathologist unless such specific goal is demonstrated by the Principle Investigator.
  • No diagnostic glass slides will be released to researcher(s). Either a pathologist consultation (see fee schedule #2 below) or de-identified recuts (slides) must be requested to determine appropriate material(s) for the research purpose.
  • As it is generally deemed the responsibility of the Department of Pathology to safeguard specimens for the benefit of the individual patient, if diagnostic material is only available within a single block in any case, it will not be released for research use (see #2 below) without a directed patient consent.
  • All blocks must be returned within 2 (two) weeks of loan to avoid a $250 fine and possible suspension of loan privileges. As blocks may have undergone prior recuts for additional patient care needs and prior usage by other researchers, no guarantee is made regarding presence of diagnostic materials unless a pathologist review is requested. No blocks may leave the MUSC campus under any circumstances.
  • 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.

BLOCK REQUESTS MUST BE APPROVED BY A DESIGNEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY

AN ORDER FORM AND AN EXCESS BIOSPECIMEN FORM MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH EACH REQUEST

The following FEE SCHEDULE applies:

  1. Pathologist identification of diagnostic set ($200 per hour – MUSC internal fee)
  2. American Board of Pathology Anatomic Pathology boarded pathologist histopathologic review required for block release or by researcher request ($200 per hour – MUSC internal fee)
  3. Pulling and restocking fee of $25 per hour inclusive of 1 hour travel time for block retrieval from North Charleston warehouse per request.

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

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