A. In addition to any applicable requirement in this chapter, a forensic laboratory performing postmortem forensic toxicology shall establish a:
(1) Procedure for responding to requests for the laboratory’s information and documentation; and
(2) Policy for:
(a) Retention and release of laboratory information;
(b) Addressing the confidentiality of laboratory data; and
(i) The extent to which interpretations may be provided with test results; and
(ii) Who is authorized to provide interpretations.
B. Specimen Collection and Handling.
(1) A laboratory director shall develop and provide, to all agencies or parties that submit or request postmortem toxicology analyses, instructions that include the specific requirements for the:
(a) Type and minimum amount of specimen needed to perform the:
(i) Requested analysis; and
(ii) Subsequent interpretations;
(b) Type and size of specimen container;
(c) Type and amount of preservative to be added to biological fluids, when applicable;
(d) Labeling of each individual specimen container;
(e) Packaging and transport of a specimen;
(f) Submission of relevant medical history on decedents who may carry a highly infectious disease, such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);
(g) Labeling of each specimen as to type and source, if applicable; and
(h) Proper sealing of containers to prevent:
(i) Leakage of the specimen container; and
(ii) Cross-contamination between specimens.
(2) A licensee shall ensure that a specimen submitted for postmortem toxicology testing includes documentation that provides pertinent case information, including the:
(a) Name of decedent;
(b) Date of specimen collection; and
(c) Pertinent history of the case.
(3) For a specimen received for postmortem toxicology testing, a laboratory shall maintain a written or electronic record documenting the:
(a) Condition of the specimen;
(b) Handwritten initials or electronic signature of the individual who received the specimen;
(c) Date the specimen was received;
(d) Name of the decedent;
(e) Unique identifier assigned to the specimen;
(f) Specimen type;
(g) Date the specimen was collected; and
(h) Identification of the individual who collected the specimen.
(4) A licensee shall develop and follow a policy for the retention, release, and disposal of specimens submitted for postmortem toxicology testing.