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FFPE Material Shipment 

Postal Address


IBCSG Central Pathology Office
European Institute of Oncology, EIO/IEO
Attn. S. Andrighetto / E. Benini
Division of Pathology
Via Ripamonti 435
20141 Milano

Email: pathology.ibcsg@ieo.it
Fax: +39 02 94 37 92 94
Tel: +39 02 57 48 99 28

Trial specific:

48-14 POSITIVE Pathology_Material_Procedures

FFPE Shipment Recommendations / Commercial invoice

To avoid problems with the transfer of samples at customs it is essential that the material is correctly labelled, and a commercial invoice accompanies the package.  To send FFPE tumour samples precisely write: “EXEMPT HUMAN SPECIMEN NON-CONTAGIOUS, NON-INFECTIOUS AND NOT IATA RESTRICTED”. 

A commercial invoice can be downloaded here.



Please ensure that the blocks and slides are carefully packed as otherwise they could easily get damaged during transport - irrespective of whether you send the tissue by post or courier.

FFPE tumour samples should be packaged as follows:

• 1st a leak-proof primary container with absorbant padding material: e.g. plastic box padded with paper or similar material to prevent the blocks from moving.

• 2nd a leak-proof secondary packaging: e.g. ziplock plastic bag.

• 3rd Sturdy outer packaging: label with “EXEMPT HUMAN SPECIMEN”

IBCSG does not provide envelopes or boxes for the shipments. You may use standard, but appropriate, packing materials.


FFPE Shipment Recommendations / Commercial invoice

• Commercial Invoice_IBCSG
• IATA Certification_IBCSG
 FFPE Shipment Recommendations_IBCSG


Pathology Material Transfer Sheet

Pathology Material Transfer sheets can be used to send the tissue to IBCSG. It helps us to clearly identify the material and to track additional information. It is available here:

Pathology Material Transfer Forms for:

• PathMatTransfer_IBCSG 48-17 POSITIVE
• PathMatTransfer_IBCSG 55-17 TOUCH 
• PathMatTransfer_IBCSG 59-19 POLAR 


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