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Got Lyophilization?

Got Lyophilization?

Freeze dried fish powderBAL now offers tissue sample lyophilization! What’s that? Lyophilization is another term for freeze drying, and it involves rapidly freezing the sample then subjecting it to high vacuum which removes ice by sublimation. Lyophilization can now be requested as an additional service for biological samples analyzed for trace metals at BAL. Including lyophilization in the sample preparation process has many potential advantages for data quality, including improved homogenization, which not only improves the precision of the results, but also allows for more accurate results on a limited quantity of mass. BAL has a long history of not just offering a service but becoming experts in how to best utilize a service to obtain the highest quality data possible. Keep an eye out for more information as we investigate the intricacies that occur when lyophilization meets metals speciation. If you’re interested in discussing how adding lyophilization to your tissues/biota testing project could help improve your data quality, contact us today!

Shipping Samples to BAL from Outside the US

Shipping Samples to BAL from Outside the US

Shipping SamplesBAL analyzes samples from all over the world on a regular basis. Shipping samples across borders from a foreign country to the US is not uncommon, but there are special regulations and recommended best practices to review prior to shipping samples. Before shipping samples to BAL from outside of the US, always contact your BAL Project Manager to discuss the shipment well ahead of time! If you don’t know who your BAL Project Manager is contact us and we’ll get you in touch with the right person. Information specific to different types of international shipments can be found below.

Shipping Tissue Samples

The following instructions are for clients shipping tissue samples via FedEx to Brooks Applied Labs. If another shipper is used, these instructions may need to be changed.

  1. Create a FedEx Waybill and Commercial Invoice.
  2. The comment “CONTAINS WILDLIFE. HOLD FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE” needs to appear on the FedEx waybill.
  3. Also include on the FedEx Waybill the comments “WILDLIFE – Perishable Tissue samples” and “FWS – Common Name, Species Name, For Testing
  4. On the commercial invoice include the quantity of tissues as well as the scientific names of samples, number of samples, and the country of origin. Also, make sure the comment “WILDLIFE – Perishable Tissue samples” is included.
  5. With the waybill include a copy of our USFW Permit and a copy of the BAL COC.
  6. On the cooler please write somewhere obvious “CONTAINS WILDLIFE” “HOLD FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE“. *It is very important to mark up the cooler appropriately and include all paperwork with the shipment*
  7. Provide your BAL PM with FedEx tracking number(s) at least 48 hrs. prior to shipping along with the COC, copy of the FedEx Waybill, the commercial invoice, and a list of species names and their country of origin. You must also confirm that these species are not threatened or endangered. Your BAL PM will submit this information to FedEx and samples can be shipped on the date you indicated.
Shipping Soil Samples

The following instructions are for clients shipping soils collected outside of the U.S. to BAL. Your Project Manager will ensure that you receive all of the necessary documentation to include with your shipment either by including it with your bottle order or by emailing you electronic copies. When preparing your shipment to BAL please be sure to always:

  1. Address the soil shipment exactly as the address is written on the BAL Soil Permit
  2. Include a copy of the BAL Soil Permit with each cooler in the shipment
  3. Affix a shipping label (PPQ Form 550) on each cooler in the shipment.
    • Make sure that labels are affixed to each cooler. Each label must have a unique Label # (found above the barcode). Do not make multiple copies of the same label to use on future shipments. Contact your Project Manager if additional labels are needed and they will be sent to you as soon as possible.
    • Make sure that the permit number and expiration date on the shipping labels exactly matches the number and expiration date on the BAL Soil Permit. Discrepancies can occur if you still have old labels that were issued with an outdated permit.

Following the above steps will help ensure that your samples do not get held up at inspection.

Other Types of Samples

Migratory Birds – Special permit applies. You must contact BAL prior to shipping.

Hazardous Materials – Special labeling requirements apply. You must contact BAL prior to shipping.

Eliminating Unknown Variables with BAL Sampling Equipment

Trusted 100 PercentImagine having to dispose of $150,000 of growth media or initiate a costly groundwater contamination investigation due to contaminated sample containers or labware. Does this sound familiar? If not, you are one of a few lucky individuals that it has not happened to…yet. Brooks Applied Labs has supported our clients with acid cleaned and lot tested sampling materials for decades to ensure analytical results represent what is in the sample and not the surrounding environment. Our expertise in trace element analyses demands a detailed understanding of contamination sources and how to mitigate them. This translates not just to quality, but trust that our clients have in BAL for supporting all their sampling and sample archival needs. Whether you are performing an environmental investigation, clinical trial, R&D for biopharmaceuticals, or managing quality systems for industrial applications, it is within your best interest to contact us today to mitigate risk and maximize your potential for success.