Is DNA considered hazardous material for shipping?

Plant material, fixed tissues, and DNA are all examples of unregulated biological materials. If the sample was taken directly from a human or animal it will fall under the Exempt Human/Animal Specimen category above.

How are biological specimens shipped?

Use watertight containers for liquid specimens with a positive closure such as a screw-on, snap-on or push-on lid, taped for an additional seal. If you place multiple fragile primary receptacles in a single secondary receptacle, they must be individually wrapped or separated to prevent contact between them.

How do I ship frozen biological samples?

Place the specimen box into a ziplock bag and seal the bag. Place the ziplock bag in the bottom of the shipping box. If necessary, use sheets of bubble wrap to ensure specimens remain in a vertical position. Fill a Styrofoam-lined shipping box with dry ice.

What is the maximum amount that can be shipped in a genetically modified organism package?

The maximum quantity for a primary receptacle is 500 ml or 500 g and outer packaging must not contain more than 4 L or 4 kg.

Which courier can deliver biological samples?

Safebox™ from Royal Mail has been specifically designed to provide an easy-to-use, all-in-one secure package for sending specimens and samples. Doctors, vets, universities, researchers and pharmaceutical companies all over the country have found Safebox™ offers everything they need in one handy pre-paid box.

How do I send blood samples abroad?

  1. Empty transport box.
  2. Place a pre-frozen gel pack at bottom.
  3. Place a layer of perforated sponge over the pre-frozen gel pack.
  4. Place a second layer of perforated sponge.
  5. Place another pre-frozen gel pack over the perforated sponge.
  6. Place un-perforated sponge and specimens sealed in ‘Zip lock bag’ over the un-perforated sponge.

What is a Category B biological substance?

Category B classifies an infectious substance as not in a form generally capable of causing permanent disability or life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals when exposure to it occurs.

Does category B require a UN certified box?

UN certified packaging is not required. A Shipper’s Declaration of Dangerous Goods is not required for Category B shipments.

How much dry ice do I need for international shipping?

For dry ice, plan on using 5 to 10 lbs. for each 24-hour period, depending upon the quality of the insulated shipping container. This will keep everything frozen in a container up to 15 quarts in size.

What is a Category A biological substance?

Category A: an infectious substance which is carried in a form that, when exposure to it occurs, is capable of causing permanent disability, life threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals.

How is biological substance Category B shipped?

Biological Substance, Category B (UN3373) shipments that are shipped refrigerated frozen, on dry ice or in liquid nitrogen, must comply with current IATA and ICAO regulations for those substances as well.

What is Category B shipping?

Category B infectious substances are infectious but do not meet the criteria for Category A. Category B infectious substances have the proper shipping name “Biological Substance, Category B” and the identification number UN 3373.

Is DNA a biological material?

The term “biological materials” includes all of the following: Recombinant or synthetic DNA/RNA (plasmids, cloned materials, oligonucleotides, siRNA)

What is the UN number for genetically modified organisms?

For shipping purposes genetically modified micro-organisms (GMMOs) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are micro-organisms and organisms in which genetic material has been purposely altered through genetic engineering in a way that does not occur naturally, classified as a UN 3245.

What is an exempt human specimen?

Term: Exempt Human or Animal Specimens A human or animal sample (including, but not limited to, secreta, excreta, blood and its components, tissue and tissue fluids, and body parts) transported for routine testing not related to the diagnosis of an infectious disease.

Can post office deliver biological samples?

All biological substances must be posted in packaging that complies with Packaging Instruction 650, such as our Safebox product. (Note Frozen water and dry ice are prohibited.) The sender’s name and return address must be clearly visible on the outer packaging.

Can I send biological samples with Royal Mail?

With a Royal Mail postbox around every corner, we make it easy for your customers to return biological samples with our ‘Medical Sample Returns service’. With discreet, letterboxable packaging, this convenient option is designed to encourage higher response rates for public health screening programmes.

Can we send blood samples by courier?

Kathat Logistics offer corporate Medical & Blood Sample Courier services for clients across the India from the delivery of controlled drugs to blood transport. We provide experienced couriers to support your urgent Medical & Blood Sample Courier deliveries throughout the day and night, seven days a week.

How do you transport lab specimens?


Can you send blood through USPS?

If you don’t intend to kill or injure someone, can you send blood through the post? Yes, with the right packaging. If the blood you’d like to mail is pathogen-free, the United States Postal Service is happy to transport it by ground or air. (Same goes for saliva, urine, and stool samples.)

How do you prepare a specimen for mailing?

Packing and Shipping Collect the specimen and place it in the appropriate specimen medium. Ensure that each specimen container is clearly marked with at least two unique patient identifiers. Secure each specimen container tightly to avoid leakage in transit. Place the medium in the foam insert.

Can Category B infectious substances can be shipped in the mail?

A forensic material known or suspected to contain a Category B infectious substance must be shipped as a Category B infectious substance. A forensic material known or suspected to contain a Category A infectious substance is not mailable.

Can Category A and B be shipped together?

Short answer, yes for Category B patient specimens, no for Category A.

What are examples of biological materials?

  • Blood.
  • Urine.
  • Human tissue.
  • Semen.
  • Vaginal secretions.

Can you put biological substance category B in post box?

“Biological Substance, Category B” must be marked on the outer packaging adjacent to the square box containing the code UN3373 (please see the prepaid post label under the Supplies & Forms tab).

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