ChemoAlert is a surface sampling kit used by hospitals, pharmacies, infusion centers and anyone who handles chemotherapy drugs in the U.S. and Canada, to regularly test for drug residue. If gone unnoticed, workers may be exposed to antineoplastic drugs, which could be harmful to health over time. ChemoAlert was specifically designed in compliance with USP <800>, a regulated standard that drives the safe handling of hazardous drugs (HD), to help you safeguard your healthcare workers. To comply with USP <800>, testing is recommended every 6 months in the U.S.


The easy-to-use kit, proprietary to Bureau Veritas, includes everything you need to collect a viable HD sample: swabs, vials, templates, wetting agent, gloves and an ice pack to maintain sample integrity during shipping and storage. After collecting samples from typical workplace surfaces, the swabs must be shipped to our AIHA LAP, LLC accredited laboratory for analysis, with results available within 10 business days. Rush results can be requested as quickly as the same day.


You can sample any workspace in an oncology clinic, infusion center, or hospital. Typical locations include benches, compounding areas, ante chambers, hoods, phones, balances, patient furniture, floors, bathroom facilities, cafeterias, and door handles.


A single swab can detect up to 19 HDs, including platinum-containing drugs:

  • 5-Fluorouracil
  • Carboplatin
  • Cisplatin
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Cytarabine
  • Decitabine
  • Docetaxel
  • Doxorubicin
  • Epirubicin
  • Etoposide
  • Etoposide Phosphate
  • Gemcitabine
  • Ifosphamide
  • Irinotecan
  • Methotrexate
  • Oxaliplatin
  • Paclitaxel
  • Vinblastine Sulfate
  • Vincristine

As each kit includes 10 vials and swabs, you can detect a combination of up to 19 HDs across multiple surfaces using just one kit. With a detection limit of only 5 ng/sample, ChemoAlert also offers superior analytical sensitivity and specificity compared to similar products.

To utilize the ChemoAlert product, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Determine the number of locations and HDs for sampling.  Click here for analysis pricing information.

Step 2: Purchase the ChemoAlert kit by clicking on the Order Now button below.  The cost of the kit covers shipping and supplies needed.

Step 3: Once the kit is received, place the ice pack in the freezer and sample the locations using the provided wetting solvent and media.

Step 4: Pack up the samples, ice pack and Chain of Custody and send the cooler back to the lab using the prepaid shipping label.

Want to test for drugs that are not on the list? No problem. We have analytical methods available to test for 1000+ drugs individually, although some restrictions may apply. Please refer to our Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule for more information.

For additional instructions on how to sample, please see our video below. 

For questions or if you’re in need of further assistance, please call the lab at 847-726-3320.


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