[Histonet] Archiving of Histology Samples in Research

From:"Dimaano, Nena"

Hi All,
 I was wondering if you guys can help me answer the following questions about archiving histology samples.
Our Histology Lab archive the samples(including wet samples stored in 10% formalin, blocks both paraffin and plastics)  indefinitely and since we are running out of space it is becoming a great deal of problem. 
The following are my questions:

*	How long do you keep the samples stored in 10% formalin? 

*	How long do you store the blocks (paraffin and plastics) in research? 

*	Is there any agencies like the FDA, CDC or CLIA outlining this task?

Nena Dimaano
Orthobiologics, R&D
Stryker Orthopaedics
325 Corporate Drive
Mahwah, NJ 07430
tel: 201-831-5338
fax: 201-831-6224
email: Nena.Dimaano@stryker.com
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