Shipment of Specimens for Banking + Kit Supply - Holiday Closures

Richardson Laboratory will be closed on May 20 (Queen’s Holiday) and May 23 (Victoria Day)

Victoria Long Weekend Closure - Richardson Laboratory will be closed on May 20 (Queen’s Holiday) and May 23 (Victoria Day) 

Shipment of Specimens for Banking + Kit Supply

  • To all centres participating on trials where frozen fluids (blood, serum, plasma, cellular component, sputum and urine, etc.) and formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissues (FFPE tumour blocks, slides, cores, etc.) are collected and banked at the CCTG Tissue Bank:
  • Please do not ship any frozen specimens or FFPE tissues between May 18th and May 23rd, 2022 inclusive, as our tissue bank and all its affiliated laboratory facilities will be suspending their activity and will not be able to receive or process any specimens.
  • Please store specimens at the appropriate temperatures until you may resume your regular shipping schedule on May 24th, 2022.
  • To all centres participating on trials where circulating tumour cells (CTC) and other ambient specimens (serum, plasma, whole blood, etc.) are collected for immediate processing:
  • Any CTC or other ambient specimen sampling collected on May 18th to May 23rd should be stored at ambient temperature and shipped on either Monday May 23rd, 2022 or Tuesday May 24th, 2022.
  • To all centres requiring kits:
  • Any urgent orders for blood collection kit resupply should be placed prior to May 19th, 2022 with ordering commencing on May 24th, 2022.
  • Please order kits ONLY if your inventory is low and/or if your kits are expiring during this time period, to avoid overstocking and therefore helping to reduce wastage. 

Central Office Victoria Day Weekend Coverage - Due to the Queen's University holiday, the CCTG Central Office will have coverage of critical activities only on Friday May 20 and will be closed Monday May 23 for the Victoria Day Statutory Holiday. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday May 24th at 8:30 am EST. All regular web-based applications will continue to be available.