On March 28, 1989, Saf-T-Pak’s initial product offering, theSTP-100, became the first packaging system in the world to be certified by a national authority, Transport Canada, for the safe transport of infectious substances. 30 years later, theSTP-100is still the go-to shipping system for Category A (UN 2900, UN 2814) specimens.
After receiving approval for theSTP-100, Saf-T-Pak began offering Division 6.2 Compliance Training Seminars for the proper classification, identification, packing, marking and labeling, documentation and handling of infectious substances. Over the three decades, our 6.2 Compliance training has grown to include self-guidedeLearning and Webinarofferings.
Saf-T-Pak, an Inmark Company, was founded in 1988 with the mission to develop and distribute packaging specifically for the safe transport of infectious substances in accordance to the regulations set forth by the US Department of Transportation, Transport Canada, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Inmark, a leading global provider of comprehensive packaging solutions, announced that it has acquired Container Resources Inc. of Greenville SC,a leading distributor of rigid packaging in the Southeast. We are very pleased to join forces with another key player in the rigid packaging space”, said David Oyler, Inmark President & CEO. “Our acquisition of Container Resources complements our overall rigid package strategy and adds to our capacity and geographical presence”. Over the next several months, Inmark’s management team will be working to ensure a smooth transition for all employees and customers involved in the acquisition process. To learn more about...
Effective July 17, 2015, Federal Express (FedEx) will no longer accept for transport Select Agents. FedEx will continue to accept for transport Category A infectious substances.
Please review the below to determine if this change will impact your future shipments.
What is an Infectious Substance?
A Category A substance (pathogen or agent) is “an infectious substance which is transported in a form that, when exposure to it occurs, is capable of causing permanent disability, or life- threatening or fatal disease to otherwise healthy humans or animals”.
Category A pathogens and substances likely to contain Category A pathogens must be assigned the UN number UN2814 (proper shipping name: Infectious Substance, Affecting Humans) or UN2900 (proper shipping name: Infectious Substance, Affecting Animals). If a Category A pathogen/substance is capable of causing disease in both humans and animals, the pathogen/substance must shipped as a Category A substance affecting humans (UN2814).
What is the Federal Select Agent Program?
The Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP) is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS) to regulate the possession, use, and transfer of biological agents listed in 7 C.F.R. Part 331, 9 C.F.R. Part 121, and 42 C.F.R. Part 73 (select agents and toxins). The FSAP administers the select agents and toxins regulations in close coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS).
For biological agents and toxins determined by HHS to have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety (HHS and Overlap select agents and toxins), the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 262a) directs the promulgation of regulations to establish and enforce safety procedures for the possession and use of such select agents and toxins, including measures to ensure proper training and appropriate skills to handle such select agents and toxins. 42 U.S.C. § 262a(c).
For biological agents and toxins determined by USDA to have the potential to pose a severe threat to animal health or animal products (USDA and Overlap select agents and toxins), the Agricultural Bioterrorism Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8401) directs the promulgation of regulations to establish and enforce safety procedures for the possession and use of such select agents and toxins, including measures to ensure proper training and appropriate skills to handle such select agents and toxins. 7 U.S.C. 8401(c).
Section 7(a) of the Code of Federal Regulations (Registration and related security risk assessments) provides that unless exempted under sections 5 or 6, an individual or entity shall not possess, use, or transfer any select agent or toxin without a certificate of registration issued by the Federal Select Agent Program.
The following biological agents and toxins have been determined to have the potential to pose a severe threat to both human and animal health, to plant health, or to animal and plant products. An attenuated strain of a select agent or an inactive form of a select toxin may be excluded from the requirements of the Select Agent Regulations.Here is a list of excluded agents and toxins.
Inmark’s acquisition of Saf-T-Pak last week positioned Inmark as the leader in Dangerous Goods Training, specifically Division 6.2. For over 25 years, Saf-T-Pak has offered Division 6.2 Dangerous Goods training programs focusing on IATA, ICAO, US DOT, Transport Canada, RID/ADR and Universal Postal Union regulations.
“We were particularly interested in Saf-T-Pak’s proprietary Learning Management Systems, as well as their multilingual internet training programs,” said David Oyler, Inmark President & CEO. David continued, “Not only is this robust training offered in English, French and Spanish, but it is also the only web-based Division 6.2 training program to be accepted and recognized by the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority.”
The acquisition of Saf-T-Pak and its training portfolio aligns with Inmark’s global growth strategy, specifically in Latin-America. Seeing significant growth in this market, the ability to offer Division 6.2 shipping compliance training in Spanish further complements Inmark’s growth initiative. With Saf-T-Pak’s 6.2 knowledge and experience and Inmark’s extensive expertise, the focus moving forward will be to grow Saf-T-Pak’s Dangerous Goods training program beyond Division 6.2.
Inmark, a leading provider of global packaging and services, is pleased to announce their acquisition of Saf-T-Pak, a specialized provider of regulatory training and packaging for the safe transport of infectious substances, effective April 7, 2015.
For over 20 years, Inmark has been a leader in Life Sciences packaging supply and compliance training. The acquisition of Saf-T-Pak will increase Inmark’s portfolio to include an expanded line of infectious substance packaging solutions, training software and services and global resource capabilities.
“We are beyond thrilled to have acquired Saf-T-Pak, another key player in the infectious packaging arena, said David Oyler, Inmark President & CEO. “The opportunities afforded to us by this acquisition will be tremendously valuable for our business, and more importantly, our customers.”
Over the next several months, Inmark’s management team will be working to ensure a smooth transition for all employees and customers involved in the acquisition process.