Rapid reaction to tackle the ongoing threat of COVID-19

How CILS can help you

CILS works with major government health agencies e.g. Public Health England and the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to provide labels to help with the coronavirus efforts.

Our rapid response to these agencies highlights how CILS can help other government health departments and laboratories to cope with the escalation of this outbreak or any other future health challenge the public may face.

How we helped 

The collection and testing of specimens from patients who present with symptoms of COVID-19 has become an urgent priority for hospitals and clinics across the UK, Europe and around the world.

Our ability to respond within hours to the HHS, Public Health England and other health organisations means we can help them to ensure their health systems have the necessary tools to collect specimen samples from patients with suspected coronavirus symptoms. They can then implement the correct quarantine measures for those who test positive to limit the outbreak. 

We are able to go into production within 24-hours from the time of our initial customer contact, and can turn-around anything from 1000 to 100’s of thousands of labels within a day or two.

The labels we provided Public Health England

The World Health Organisation guidance states certain COVID-19 specimens must be stored at 2-8°C for up to 72 hours after collection. If a delay in testing or shipping is expected, specimens must be stored at -70°C on dry ice, therefore our CILS-8100HT labels are ideal.

CILS-8100HT label material can resist extreme temperatures (-80ºC to +155ºC), allowing for secure transportation and cold storage. They are also resistant to laboratory solvents such as xylene, DMSO and IPA as well as sterilisation and autoclave cycles, water baths and centrifuge processes. Our laboratory labels are printable for barcode scanning and can be supplied as small as 5mm x 5mm.

Our customers also use cap and tube and self-laminating laboratory labels that have the same resistances as CILS-8100HT labels, but can be used in more extreme temperatures as low as -196°C and up to +155°C.

CILS self-laminating wrap-around label options provide added durability to protect sample data.

Contact us to find out more

If you need a rapid response to provide durable labels for your coronavirus test samples, contact us to find out about the labels mentioned here, plus other options that might be more suitable for your specific requirements.

Oliver StocktonWritten by Oliver Stockton, Managing Director, CILS