Specimen Collection

Fecal Specimens

General Considerations

  • Keep stool specimens cool. Follow collection and storage instructions for specific test.
  • Do not use toilet paper to collect stool.


  • Pass stool directly into a sterile, wide mouth, leak-proof container with a tight fitting lid.
  • Pass stool into a clean, dry container and transfer to collection/transport container.
  • Record start date and time and completion date and time for timed collections.
  • For specimens for ova and parasite examination transfer fecal specimen to Parapak preservation containers.