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Submitting Specimens to CDC

CDC accepts specimens from state public health laboratories and other federal agencies for analysis. Specimens from private healthcare providers and institutions must be submitted to the local state health department laboratory (state, county, city) for appropriate processing.

Specimen Management activities at CDC include the receipt, categorization, and distribution of specimens from public health facilities to CDC laboratories for reference diagnostic testing and research studies. State-of-the-art technology is used to provide data and information summaries that are crucial in the assessment of public health trends and epidemic dynamics on a national scale.

What's New

Updated 12/4/2015 – We have updated our CDC 50.34 Specimen Submission Form, Online Test Directory, and supporting documentation. Review the test directory updates [PDF - 23KB] and download the new forms prior to sending specimens to CDC for testing. Visit Help and FAQs for additional information.

assayTest Directory

Search and select test orders, Download full test directory

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Contact information, frequently asked questions

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CDC Shipping address, shipping documents, importing and exporting

filling out a formSpecimen Submission Form

Download the 50.34 specimen submission form

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Specimen Submission Webinar and form specific training manuals

lab staffWho May Submit Specimens

CDC Submitters, SPHL and territorial contact information, SPHL and territorial officials

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