Locating Specimens not in Storage

Accurate storage locations, processing times, storage conditions, and other information are vital to the long term study of specimens that your laboratory has in its possession. If the location where a specimen is stored is not documented using LDMS's Storage tool, it could be very difficult to locate it in the future.


Several clinical trial groups require that all specimens be logged using LDMS Storage . Data management centers work with these networks to monitor the storage status in data that your laboratory has exported, and may contact laboratories to ensure that the mandates for these networks are being enforced.

LDMS has a built-in report that will tell you what specimens do not have a storage location documented in LDMS. You can use this report to find specimens and add them to storage.

Generating the Specimens Not In Storage Report

  1. Click Tasks > Reports or click the button from the LDMS toolbar.

  2. Select the Storage Reports category, and then select the Specimens Not in Storage report.

  3. Add a group filter at the bottom of the screen if you want to only show specimens for a specific group.

  4. Click the button from the LDMS toolbar.

If you need a more flexible report, you can also use LDMS's data retrieval tool to create a custom report. Simply create a report that selects and displays the global specimen ID, stored, and never store fields, and then sort by the stored field.


It is important to look at both the stored and never store fields. The reason being is that a specimen that has been flagged as never store would appear as not stored, even though you would never be expected to store it.