As you might already be aware, testing and certification is an important activity under NCS-TCP. Sample submission is a crucial step therefore; proper packaging and labelling must be done prior to submission of samples for testing under NCS-TCP.
Packing/Labelling/Forwardal of samples for testing:
The sample collected should be blotted dry to remove excess moisture before packing.
The sample is placed in between paper towels, packed in self-sealing/zip-lock polythene bags of appropriate size. The sample is affixed with a label (Annexure-3C as available on NCS-TCP website) and kept in a ventilated card board box and /or thermocool box for forwardal to Accredited Test Laboratory within specified time under cool conditions.
The packing box is marked on top of the box with the address of Accredited Test Laboratory with appropriate instructions such as “Handle with care/Tissue Culture Plants/Rush Delivery” and either couriered or delivered in person to the concerned Accredited Test Laboratory within 24 hrs period under cool conditions.
Receipt /storage of sample at Accredited Test Laboratory:
Samples are either stored in vacuum desicator with anhydrous calcium chloride (CaCl2) or freeze dry or store at -80 0C in a deep freezer at the Accredited Test Laboratory.
Source - Standard Operating Procedure of NCS-TCP