Filter Paper Submission Policy

Important Filter Paper Update for Emory Patients – Effective December 1, 2020!

As you may have heard, EGL Eurofins lab no longer processes PKU filter papers. ARUP Lab in Salt Lake City, Utah will process filter papers starting December 1, 2020 for Emory clinic patients. ARUP Lab requires filter papers for our clinic patients to be sent through Emory Clinic Department of Human Genetics. We will then process and ship the filter papers overnight to ARUP Lab.

Points to remember:
• Discard all of your preaddressed EGL Eurofins envelopes. Filter paper specimens sent to EGL Eurofins will not be processed after December 1, 2020.
• Filter papers should ONLY be mailed in the provided green-labeled envelopes. You will need to use your own postage.
• When completing information on the filter paper, you MUST complete:

  • Patient’s Name (listed as Baby’s Name on the form)
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Collection
  • Filter papers that do not have the above information completed will not be accepted. See filter paper example for reference.

• In order to ensure that filter papers aren’t delayed over the weekend, please DO NOT collect specimens on Thursdays or Fridays.
• Allow the filter paper to dry for a minimum of 3 hours before placing in the envelope. 
• Mail within 24 hours to prevent degradation of the specimen. Filter paper results will be reported to your dietitian and geneticists, who will notify you of the results.

If you have any questions or need additional envelopes or filter papers, please call 404-778-8570 and the agent will forward a message to your clinical team. Or you may send a message through the Emory Blue Patient Portal.

If you have not yet set up a patient portal, please do so today! A portal account will provide you with improved communication with the Emory Care Team. Call 404-727-8820 and let them know that you want to create an Emory Blue portal account for yourself (adult patients) or your child (accounts for PKU minors are now available).