[Histonet] Expired Antibodies.

From:Patti Loykasek

While I have often used and believe in using expired antibodies that are
performing correctly, this is no longer an option under CAP. The rule is as

ANP.22432             Phase II  N/A   YES   NO    Are all
immunohistochemical reagents used within their indicated expiration dates?
COMMENTARY:    N/A     REFERENCE: Department of Health and Human Services,
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid  Services. Clinical laboratory improvement
amendments of 1988; final rule. Fed Register. 2003(Jan  24):7164

This can be an expensive proposition. I have often thought maybe labs in a
general area or city could split ordering seldom used antibodies & share
aliquots between themselves. Just a thought.

Patti Loykasek BS, HTL, QIHC
PhenoPath Laboratories
Seattle, WA


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