Guidelines for Approved Pathology Collection Centres - Australian Government


You may be required to comply with these guidelines if you intend to operate a specimen collection centre.

These guidelines outline minimum requirements for the premises and operations of approved pathology collection centres to ensure best practice. They detail Standards for premises, staffing, equipment, documentation, storage, transport, collection procedures and safety.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

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Comply All Guidelines for Approved Pathology Collection Centres - PDF

Act(s) name

Health Insurance Act 1973 AG

Regulation(s) name

Health Insurance Regulations 1975 AG

Additional information

Collections provided in settings other than in Approved Collection Centres and Hospital Collection Points may not be able to meet all the physical requirements but should use this document for guidance to best practice.

Administering agency

Department of Health

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.


Department of Health

Operating address: Sirius Building, Furzer Street
Australian Capital Territory 2606
Mailing address: GPO BOX 9848
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 1800 020 103
Phone: 02 6289 1555