Specimen Management

Safeguarding your laboratory specimens – and ensuring their timely analysis – is critical for accurate, consistent test results within your clinical trial timeline.


950 employees who are MDs and 900 employees who are PhDs

All with experience across a number of fields and a particular focus on oncology, cardiovascular, central nervous system and internal medicine.

For worry-free sample collection and processing, Quintiles’ central labs take a proven approach to specimen handling. Through our global network, we share sponsor requirements, best practices and study-specific requirements with all our regional laboratories. Applying the latest knowledge and experience to our global SOPs, we protect the integrity of your laboratory specimens and reduce pre-analytic variability.

Clinical trial logistics for prompt, secure delivery of biospecimens – 98–99% on-time performance:
  • Experts at each laboratory for global efficiencies and local knowledge at the country, city and site levels. 
  • Best-in-class vendor management program to monitor courier performance and resolve issues quickly. 
  • Strict adherence to International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines for packing material and documentation. 
  • Bar-code labels for positive specimen identification and tracking at each step. 
  • Receipt and routing under controlled conditions. 
  • Reliable audit trail of sample movement. 
  • Flexibility for multiple sample requirements and workflows.

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