Preferred Sample Type

Erythropoietin (Epo)

Suitable Specimen Types

  • Serum
4 mL

Specimen Transport

Usual transport to laboratory.

Sample Processing in Laboratory

Separated serum sent frozen to referral laboratory.

Sample Preparation

Separate serum as soon as possible, store frozen for transport to referral laboratory

Turnaround Time

21 days

Sample Stability

EDTA Plasma cannot be used.

Haemolysed samples are also unsuitable

Sample is stable for up to 7 days at 2-8 C

Erythropoietin (Epo)

Reference Range

From 11/11/2016: refererence range 4.3 - 29 U/L (supplied by referrral laboratory)


  • EQA Scheme?: Yes

The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link:

  • Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital pathology laboratories are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8217
  • United Kingdom Health Security Agency laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8213

Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

For further test information, please visit the test database:

Protection of personal information - Laboratory Medicine comply with the Trust Data Protection policy and have procedures in place to allow the Directorate and its employees to comply with the Data Protection act  1998 and associated best practice and guidance.

For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235