Reports containing test results shall be provided to the person requesting testing with a minimum of delay, commensurate with good laboratory practice and patient care.
Records of test requests, equipment history and service, testing procedures, results of test procedures on patient specimens, material for quality control and proficiency testing for consistency (quality assurance) shall be kept in a readily accessible form.
Laboratory databases that contain patient information or test results must be secure, password coded and backed up at regular and frequent intervals. Appropriate measures shall be in place to prevent unauthorised physical or electronic access to the databases, especially if the databases are located in nonsecure premises, or are stored on network computers.
Reports should be concise, unambiguous and include an appropriate interpretation of the results.
Where a test is referred to another laboratory, a copy of the original report (either electronic or hardcopy) should be retained by the referring laboratory.