Please check kit expiration dates before using them. Some tubes used for sample collection have expiration dates. These dates are defined by the tube manufacturers.
To ensure the validity of the tubes contained in the collection kit, expiration dates are printed on the outside of the kit box. The expiration date of each kit corresponds to the shortest expiration date of the tube(s) within the kit.
Please do not collect specimens in expired containers! Specimens received in an expired container which includes an additive will be canceled as: “Sample drawn in expired tube: Testing not performed.”
If you have expired tubes please use the online web tool at http://www.covance.com/kitordering to have these kits replaced and your inventory updated.
To obtain the highest quality specimens possible, it is recommended that all collection supplies be stored between 4°C to 25°C (39°F to 77°F).
Covance’s Investigator Training Center is a global group of professional speakers who conduct face-to-face meetings or remote trainings to help sites master and comprehend all the details in the Laboratory Manual.
Think of them like your very own tutor – helping you maneuver the ins and outs of a study. They can provide eLearnings or even go to a site to train staff directly.
“We make sure everyone is on the same page for the study,” said Sr. Investigator Trainer, Dalia. “It’s important that everyone knows how to collect a sample in the same way. It makes for more reliable data.”
And considering that lab results are the biggest part of a sponsor’s FDA submission, it is critical to the integrity of the study that the data is consistent.
“Even if you have worked with Covance before or have been doing trials for years; it’s a small investment upfront for success down the road,” said Dalia.
If a site is interested in scheduling training, contact the sponsor. Remember, the training can be customized by type of training, length and location. It can be done in person, over the phone, via a WebEx or done by sharing archived eLearnings. If it is done in person, the trainers will bring demo supplies: kits, bulk supplies and may even include shipping supplies. This ensures sites will know what to expect during a study. It also allows monitors and the study team to familiarize themselves with what the sites will encounter.
Dalia said, “We are often the face of Covance to a site and want to make sure sites are prepared and ready to run a successful, efficient clinical trial.”
This post originally appeared in 2015 and has been modified. It is the first in a series that will be released to highlight investigator training, our training staff, and the eLearning course.
Love working with Covance? Have suggestions for improvements? Share your thoughts on the upcoming Investigator Site Survey coming later this year. This short survey will ask you to provide feedback on a variety of services from kit production to Investigator Training to Site Communications.
The surveys are anonymous and provide you with a quick way to tell us what we are doing well or where we might need to improve. Your comments are important. In fact, changes to the new lab manual, are a direct result of feedback we got from the 2015 site survey.
The survey is short and should take less than five minutes to complete. Keep an eye out for the survey coming in the coming months. It will be emailed to all Investigator Sites.