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Online TB test submission

Do you know?

- Which date should be entered in Sam when a TB test has been arranged?

- The type of TB test OVs can create? - Updated 03/04/14

- You can use a ‘wildcard’ when searching for a client?

- How to tell when a TB test is ready to be submitted?

Click here to find out.

Sam - Online TB test submission

OVs can electronically receive notifications
and submit TB test results to APHA.
See the advantages and how to register page
for more information.

Service status

The service status is manually updated when there are Issues or Planned Maintenance which may affect Sam and/or the Government Gateway.

Sam has been updated to support the forthcoming management of work by Delivery Partners in England and Wales. Further information is available in the documents below:
Important changes to the way APHA commissions TB testing and other services and Enhancement to Sam work baskets

Service status
Last updated




Government Gateway



Planned maintenance and reported issues

Reported issues -Updated 14th February 2018

No reported issues

Planned Maintenance

Sam Downtime - Updated 22nd February 2018

22nd February 2018 from 19:00 to 07:30 on 23rd February 2018

13th March 2018 from 19:00 to 07:30 on 14th March 2018

10th April 2018 from 19:00 to 07:30 on 11th April 2018

15th May 2018 from 19:00 to 07:30 on 16th May 2018

12th June 2018 from 19:00 to 07:30 on 13th June 2018

10th July 2018 from 19:00 to 07:30 on 11th July 2018

14th August 2018 from 19:00 to 07:30 on 15th August 2018

11th September 2018 from 19:00 to 07:30 on 12th September 2018

9th October 2018 from 19:00 to 07:30 on 10th October 2018

13th November 2018 from 19:00 to 07:30 on 14th November 2018

11th December 2018 from 19:00 to 07:30 on 12th December 2018

Government Gateway Downtime 14th February 2018
No Maintenance Planned

Working offline during planned maintenance

To minimise potential disruption users are reminded that they can download a Working Form from Sam in Excel. Test data can be captured in excel and uploaded back into Sam later. Guidance on using excel can be found in Section 10, Part 2 and Section 12 of the Sam Official Veterinarian Practice Guide and the online e-learning module.

Sam OV support

For queries about using Sam or the initial registration process please contact the Sam support desk on:

0208 026 1092
Email Sam support desk

If you enter data in error and wish to request a Sam Data Fix, please complete this form (GEN02) and send to your local APHA office.

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Sam Government Gateway registration and maintenance links