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Independent Phlebotomy

Who is an Independent Phlebotomist?

Independent phlebotomists are individuals or businesses (including long term care facilities) collecting blood specimens for laboratory testing in Nova Scotia and are not doing so within the scope of employment with NSH or the IWK. This includes any healthcare professional who is an employee of NSH or IWK and is collecting blood specimens as a business, or as a convenience for co-workers, friends or family.

What is required?

To ensure the integrity of specimens submitted for laboratory testing, and that appropriate standards for collection and delivery are met, independent phlebotomists in Nova Scotia must establish a legal agreement for specimen acceptance with NSH and the IWK prior to collection. This is known as the Agreement for Acceptance of Specimens Collected by Independent Phlebotomists for Laboratory Testing by Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (Agreement).

Why do independent phlebotomists need an Agreement?

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is responsible for the provision of diagnostic laboratory testing for physicians and patients. To ensure the quality of testing results, NSH and IWK must protect the integrity of specimens submitted for laboratory testing, and make sure appropriate standards for collection and delivery are met.

What is the responsibility of independent phlebotomists for equipment and supplies?

Independent phlebotomists are responsible to purchase the equipment and supplies required for collection, handling, and transportation of blood and urine specimens. The equipment and supplies used must meet the requirements of the specimen, test request, and the laboratory performing the tests.

Supplies may be available for purchase through NSH Supply Chain or directly from a vendor. The independent phlebotomist is responsible to investigate and establish purchasing agreements for the required supplies. Pathology and Laboratory Medicine does not provide supplies (nor exchange when close to expiry).

The equipment and supplies required include, but are not limited to, blood specimen tubes, urine containers, needles, sharps containers, specimen labels, specimen racks, photocopiers and transport containers.


Sherri Silver
Client & Support Services Program Manager (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
Tel: 902-221-0526

Independent Phlebotomy Office

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