Referred specimens must always be prepared, packaged and transported in accordance with current international shipping guidelines and IATA (International Air Transport Association) regulations.
Incoming Receipt Notifications (including baggage tags, airway bill number) should be sent to the Laboratory using the following means of communication -
Data Entry and Reporting Unit
All packages must be addressed in the following manner:
The Director of CARPHA
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
16-18 Jamaica Boulevard
Port of Spain
Specimens must be routed through the relevant National Reference/Public Health Laboratory or the Ministry of Health.
The following minimum information must accompany each specimen
Please check the EPI field guide or the EPI manager in-country for further information for the following vaccine preventable diseases covered under the EPI elimination or eradication programme:
Indicate the following details on the CARPHA Laboratory Investigation form
Specimens may be rejected based upon the following criteria however this decision will be made on a case by case basis and the submitting agency will be notified
Specimens without the following information:
NOTE: All specimens referred to and received at CARPHA remain the property of CARPHA