ChemoAlert is a complete surface sampling solution, designed to make it easy for you to collect samples of HDs developed to help you achieve compliance with USP 800 for safeguarding healthcare workers. The kit contains everything you need to collect up to 10 samples and return them to our industry-leading laboratory for analysis, shipping included. Using the ChemoAlert kit’s step-by-step instructions, you can accurately evaluate HD surface contamination by having samples analyzed at our AIHA/ISO 17025 accredited laboratory.

1. Can I use the kit to sample for a drug that is not on the ChemoAlert List?

Yes, we have sampling and analytical methods for more than 1,000 drugs. Please let us know which drug you want to sample before placing your order, so that we can make sure that you have the correct sampling media.

2. What are the sampling restrictions for drugs that are not on the ChemoAlert list?

The sampling restrictions for drugs that are not on the ChemoAlert list may include:

  • Availability as a single drug target only
  • A 3-sample minimum order requirement
  • Sampling media restrictions, e.g. alternative swab or wetting agent
  • Handling, storage and shipping restrictions

3. Do I need to refrigerate the ChemoAlert kit when it arrives?

The ChemoAlert kit itself does not have to be refrigerated. It does however come with a frozen ice pack, which needs to be placed in a freezer before sampling. Samples need to be returned to the laboratory with a frozen ice pack.

4. Do I have to refrigerate the samples that I collect with the ChemoAlert kit?

If you are unable to send the samples back to us right away, they should be refrigerated. When you are ready to send them back to us, a frozen ice pack needs to be included with the samples.

5. Does the ChemoAlert kit have an expiration date?

The ChemoAlert kit does not have an expiration date. If you are planning to keep the kit on a shelf for a while, please remember to place the ice pack in a freezer, so it is ready for when you need it.

6. Is there a minimum order size for samples collected with the ChemoAlert kit?

There is no minimum order size for samples collected using ChemoAlert.How will ChemoAlert results be reported?

ChemoAlert results will be reported electronically via email, with a PDF file attachment sent to the email address recorded on the Chain of Custody form. Ask us about electronic data deliverables and benchmark/trend reporting.

In Summary

This bulletin lists some of the most frequently asked questions received by Maxxam regarding sampling and analysis with ChemoAlert. As technology advances and our knowledge surrounding the science of Chemotherapy drugs in the environment increases, new questions arise. For any enquiries concerning sampling and analysis for ChemoAlert, please contact Bureau Veritas’ expert below.

For more information, please contact:

Matt Meiners, CIH
Consulting Scientist
Pharmaceutical Industrial Hygiene Laboratory
95 Oakwood Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047