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

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The Trust Laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital were awarded UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation to the internationally recognised ISO 15189 standard in May 2015. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the test database
Tests not appearing on this scope are either under consideration or in the process of accreditation and so 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 information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235

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