In order for laboratory analyses to be reliable, the collection, processing and storage of specimens must be performed under strictly controlled procedures. The use of proper procedures to produce biological specimens of the appropriate quality as well as the collection of relevant clinical, epidemiologic and quality control data, gives the biospecimens their value in research. 

Each of the specimen types should be collected, processed and stored under their conditions that preserve their stability with respect to the intended future analyses. It is normally a good practice to perform pilot studies to validate new specimen collection methods and protocols

This course provides useful information with procedures to carry out sample stability studies for evaluation, validation, verification and adaptation of new test procedures. The course also provides general guidelines for blood collection and processing, and specimen storage guidelines. Extraction procedures for RNA, DNA and proteins were highlighted. Quality considerations and good medical laboratory practice for a molecular laboratory were highlighted.

The course is intended to support personal development and acquisition of skills which can be put into use in the medical laboratory workplace. Individuals will be awarded a certificate upon completion of the course and the online questions as appropriate.