Labeling Cassettes

Histopathology Tissue Submission Labeling Cassettes

Labeling Cassettes

Label cassettes as shown. Use ONLY a sharp No. 2 lead pencil or a ShurMark or similar histology marker. Don't use
a Sharpie
or similar marker, even if it is supposed to be solvent-resistant.
The combined effects of the xylene, ethanol, and hot paraffin used in processing will remove the labels, and if that happens your samples will be unidentifiable.

Please use no more than 6 or 7 characters. Small characters are hard to read, especially after coating with paraffin, and could result in your specimens being mislabeled. If you need to place more information on the cassette, write on the side(s). Only the label on the label end of the cassette will be placed on the slide.

Our cassette labeller imprints clear, permanent labels as shown on the yellow cassette. We can label cassettes for you for a small charge.

Since it's easier to write on the label end of the cassette with the cassette lying down, we often get cassettes with the labels upside down. It doesn't hurt anything, but if you file your blocks in a block file, which positions the label up, the labels will be hard to read.

Illegible labeling is one of the most common problems we encounter.

You can purchase cassettes from us [fees page] or from vendors of histology supplies.

Additional News and Announcements

  • July 2016 Issue of Compliance 411 Newsletter Published

    The University Compliance Office announces publication of the July 2016 issue of their quarterly newsletter, Compliance 411

    Among the topics in this issue are Responsible Conduct of Research at UAB; new Recertification of Effort Form and process; a profile of Research Integrity Officer Pam Bounelis, PhD; defining fabrication, falsification and plagiarism; new research data management requirements; and the new chemical inventory system.

    Your comments and feedback regarding Compliance 411 are welcome; please contact

    Posted by University Compliance Office | 07/22/16
  • UAB Industry-Sponsored Clinical Trials F&A Rate Will Increase Effective July 1, 2016

    Effective July 1, 2016, the UAB Facilities & Administrative (F&A) rate for industry sponsored or funded clinical trials will increase to 30%. This change is only applicable to new submissions to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) on or after July 1, 2016.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 07/01/16
  • Recertification of Effort Form and Process Change

    Effective July 1, 2016, the Recertification of Effort Form will be used for recertifying a previously certified effort report and certifying a delinquent effort report. The Recertification of Effort Form, which replaces the form entitled ORC Review Request (commonly referred to as a "request to recertify effort"/"RFR"), is listed as follows on the Financial Affairs forms site:


    The new form was drafted with considerable feedback from stakeholders on campus.  Enhancements to the form include:

    • More specific questions to be addressed by the submitter in order to help mitigate follow-up and expedite the review and approval;
    • Clear roles and responsibilities for each signing official; and
    • An accompanying informational attachment of the effort recertification process.

    In addition, there is a routing change. The effort recertification forms are to be forwarded directly to Financial Affairs by the Dean’s offices upon completion and approval rather than to the University Compliance Office (UCO). If you have any questions regarding this new process change, please contact the University Compliance Office at (205) 996-6540.

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 07/01/16
  • Search Opened for Vice President of Research

    The UAB Office of Human Resources has posted information on the search for the next Vice President of Research, including information about the Opportunity, Search Committee membership, and current stage of the search process. 
    Posted by Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development | 07/01/16
  • UAB Research-Related Fee-for-Service (FFS) change effective July 1, 2016

    Currently, Fee for Service (FFS) agreements are processed at UAB by University Contracts and are assessed a 5% of revenue administrative processing fee. As Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs are not currently assessed on those FFS activities related to research, UAB academic units do not receive any F&A distributions in support of their research missions, despite the fact that these FFS activities result in true research infrastructure expenses. In addition, current FFS activities are not counted toward UAB’s national metrics on research expenditures (e.g., NSF HERD, etc).

    As such, and consistent with practices of peer institutions, all agreements (and contract renewals) with terms beginning on or after July 1, 2016 for research-related FFS contracts will be processed by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and be assessed F&A at a rate of 30% on cash received. Budgets for research-related FFS contracts should include recovery of full direct costs in accordance with the University’s Direct Costs Policy (available on Financial Affairs website) and the appropriate F&A rate as described above.

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 06/06/16
  • OSP Announces Streamline of NCC Submission Process and Updated Checklists

    ​In a continuing effort to streamline submission processes, the Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce that NIH Research Performance Progress Report submissions (also known as RPPRs), other Noncompeting Continuation/Continuation submissions, and Pre-Application submissions no longer require a signed UAB Extramural Support Checklist, but should now be sent to with a UAB Expedited Checklist.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 05/27/16
  • NIH Proposal Submission Revised Procedure

    The UAB Office of Sponsored Programs is pleased to announce the newly revised procedure for review of NIH proposal submissions for large submission deadlines involving NIH Research Project Grants (R01), Research Career Development Awards (K) and Research Fellowship (F) proposals. In order to review NIH proposals as quickly as possible, OSP has implemented a proposal review pool which will allow OSP to introduce additional reviewers to assist with proposal review when needed.

    NIH proposal submissions to OSP for deadline dates of June 5th and July 5th (R01), June 12th and July 12th (K) and August 8th and 13th (F), will  be assigned rotating through a  pool of reviewers instead of an assignment to a specific officer by department. The reviewer will be identified in the Receipt of Submission email once a complete submission is received by OSP. This change is effective immediately.

    NOTE: This is only applicable to new NIH proposal submissions for the above mentioned NIH deadlines. All other NIH proposal submission deadlines will be routed to the officer assigned to your specific department. All NIH awards will continue to be processed by the OSP officer assigned to your specific area.

    Please continue to follow the OSP Review Plan to ensure that your reviewer has sufficient time to properly review the proposal. 

    Please forward any questions regarding the NIH proposal review process to Tim Parker at or

    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 05/26/16
  • New Guidance Information on IRB Website

    The OIRB has provided updated guidance information on our website.  New information has been posted regarding the following:
    • Flowchart to determine who are key personnel
    • NIH description of ethnic and racial categories
    • IRB form compatibility

    Key Personnel

    The IRB has created a flow chart to help determine whether individuals involved with research should be considered to be key personnel involved in the conduct of human subjects research.  The Key Personnel Flowchart is available under the General category on the Other Guidance page of the IRB website.

    Ethnic and Racial Categories

    The table on the Investigator's Progress Report follows the reporting requirements of the NIH. The following is their description of how the ethnic and racial categories are defined:​​

    Ethnic Categories

    • ​​Hispanic or Latino: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.  The term “Spanish origin” can also be used in addition to “Hispanic or Latino.
    • Not Hispanic or Latino​.

    ​​​​​​Racial Categories

    • ​American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North, Central, or South America, and who maintains tribal affiliations or community attachment.​
    • Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Note: Individuals from the Philippine Islands have been recorded as Pacific Islanders in previous data collection strategies.) 
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
    • Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as “Haitian” or “Negro” can be used in addition to “Black or African American.”
    • White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

    IRB Form Compatibility Issues

    IRB forms on this page are compatible with Microsoft Word 2010 and newer on Windows and Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac. Some features (e.g., checkboxes) are not compatible with older versions of Microsoft Word or any version of Pages for Mac. The newest versions of Microsoft Word are available at no charge to UAB faculty, staff, and students through UAB IT. Contact UAB IT for more information on upgrading your software. If you are unable to upgrade to a compatible version of MS Word, you may simply place an "X" before the checkbox that corresponds to your answer in the form.
    Posted by Office of the Institutional Review Board for Human Use | 04/22/16
  • NIH eSubmission Items of Interest - March 25, 2016

    The NIH Grants and Funding website has been redesigned and simplified with a video tour available. FORMS-D Application Instructions are now available. FORMS-D Application Packages are now available for some FOAs. FORMS-C should be used for applications with due dates on or before May 24, 2016. FORMS-D should be used for applications with due dates on or after May 25, 2016.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 03/25/16
  • Reminder Regarding ASSIST Grant Applications

    As the February 5th deadline for new NIH R01 submissions approaches, OSP would like to remind you that all competing, single-project NIH grant applications can now be submitted through ASSIST.
    Posted by Office of Sponsored Programs | 01/25/16
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