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A Collection Protocol (CP) is a guideline for how, what, and when biospecimens are collected for a study. There should be at least one CP to start collecting specimens.

The below diagram outlines the logical steps to collect specimens. This is just to demonstrate the logical flow of data. The actual user interface supports rapid/bulk data entry and additional custom plugins can be developed to support local workflows.

Collection workflows

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Default data model

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OpenSpecimen has more fields than I need. Can it be customized?

Yes. we can add or remove fields based on local data collection needs. Please contact your system administrator.

We do not collect participant information. How can we use OpenSpecimen?

Open Specimen v4.0 supports specimen centric studies.  In these studies, participant information is not required.   Click here for more information. 

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