Preparing an information sheet to accompany sample

What should be included

The following information should be put on a sheet of paper accompanying the sample:

  • Name, address and telephone number, printed to ensure legibility
  • Number of sample jars/bags being sent, and the number of hives being sampled
  • The code number used to identify each hive and mark each sample
  • Description of the AFB symptoms (if appropriate)
  • Type of test required

Phone the laboratory before sending anything

Further information may be needed, so it is best to phone the laboratory before sending the sample. Contact the Management Agency for details of laboratories doing AFB testing. Submission forms are available on the National Beekeepers’ Association website,

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