Accessioning (medical)

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Accessioning in the medical sense can refer to[1][2]:

  • an ordered test or group of tests on an individual or sample item;
  • a specimen that has been formally received by a laboratory or health care service, typically receiving an accession number;
  • the act of logging or documenting the demographics and/or receipt of a specimen in the lab.

Many larger laboratories will have an accessioning area where samples are received, processed, logged, and assigned an identifier before being distributed for analysis.[3][4][5] Samples are typically logged into a LIS, LIMS, or proprietary database; given a unique identifier or accessioning number; barcoded or given an RFID tag; and even given additional preparations before storage and/or analysis. Additionally, demographic, medical, and ethical information and appropriateness (in the case of genetic tests, for example) may be researched and applied to the received sample and its corresponding database entry.[6]


  1. "The Free Dictionary - accession". Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. McGraw-Hill; Farlex. 2002. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  2. Lele, R. D. (2005). Computers in Medicine. Tata McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 0070585350. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  3. Esteridge, Barbara H.; Reynolds, Anna P.; Walters, Norma J. (2000). Basic Medical Laboratory Techniques (4th, revised ed.). Cengage Learning. p. 8. ISBN 0766812065. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  4. "Mayo Clinic - Anatomic Pathology in Minnesota". Mayo Clinic. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  5. "Capital Health - Specimen Accessioning and Processing (Lab Receiving)". Capital Health. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  6. Leonard, Debra G. B.; Bagg, Adam, ed. (2007). Molecular Pathology in Clinical Practice (Illustrated ed.). Springer. p. 567. ISBN 0387332278. Retrieved 27 April 2013.