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Regulatory Update: Shipping Used Medical Devices

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On January 1, 2013, the international regulatory bodies who oversee the air transport of infectious and biological substances worldwide published a new exception to the regulations expressly for shipments of used medical devices.  The new exception permits used medical devices to be transported without the stringent requirements previously placed on these shipments.  With this recent publication, it is advisable to review the rationale for the development of these regulations, outline the current requirements and discuss future changes in the regulations.

For the purposes of transportation safety, infectious substances are considered dangerous goods and therefore subject to the dangerous goods transportation regulations.  The transportation regulations define used medical devices as those medical devices that have been removed from their original packaging, potentially contaminated by contact with a patient (human or animal) and are being returned to the manufacturer or other facility for repair, evaluation, sterilization, disinfection or cleaning[1].  As it pertains to the dangerous goods transportation regulations, the medical devices themselves are not the problem[2], but rather the biological material that may cause potential contamination.  The main concern with these used medical devices that have been in contact with patients is the potential for contamination by an infectious substance (a disease-causing agent).  The transportation regulations outline specific packaging and communication requirements to help ensure that anyone who comes in contact with the package during transport is protected against exposure to the potentially-infectious substances.

The transportation of dangerous goods is governed by a number of national and international regulatory bodies; however, the primary source for the regulations is the United Nations (UN). Read more…

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2015 Regulatory Updates for Shipping Infectious Substances

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The regulations for the transport of dangerous goods are updated on a regular basis to ensure they incorporate any new dangerous goods and respond to recent accidents or incidents. Due to numerous changes in the regulations each year both internationally and nationally, shippers are required to be retrained on a regular basis to ensure they are familiar with, and using, the most current version of the regulations.

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Temperature-Controlled Packaging Insulation: An Overview

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There are many different types of insulation that can be used in temperature- controlled packaging, including:

  • Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
  • Extruded Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
  • Extruded Polystyrene (XPS)
  • Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIP)

To help you understand the differences between types of insulation, here is a basic breakdown:

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)

This material can be molded into specific shapes and is relatively inexpensive, with a high capacity for insulation. It can be damaged during shipping, which can cause problems with reuse.

Extruded Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

Low density polyethylene (LDPE) silver insulation foam packaging is made from polypropylene – one of the easiest and most commonly recycled plastics in the world. This durable material is cut into panels that fit together to control temperature.

Extruded Polystyrene (XPS)

Extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) consists of closed cells, offers improved surface roughness and higher stiffness and reduced thermal conductivity. It is very easy to cut and shape, and it is resistant to water. Like the LDPE, XPS is cut into panels that fit together to control temperature.

Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIP)

Vacuum insulated panel (VIP) is a form of thermal insulation consisting of a nearly gas-tight enclosure surrounding a rigid core, from which the air has been evacuated. Their insulation properties are seven times as effective as the expanded polystyrene EPS used in typical shipping systems. They are more expensive than conventional systems but you can end up with a smaller box.

If you need help deciding which insulation is best for your specific packaging need, contact a member of our customer service team.

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2015 Regulatory Updates for Shipping Infectious Substances

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Published in Advance For Laboratory, Vol. 24 • Issue 1 • Page 23: http://laboratory-manager.advanceweb.com/2015-regulatory-updates-for-shipping-infectious-substances-15419/ By David Creighton Specimen Transport The regulations for the transport of dangerous goods are updated on a regular basis to ensure they incorporate any new dangerous goods and respond to recent accidents or incidents. Due to numerous changes in the regulations each year both internationally and nationally, shippers are required to be retrained on a regular basis to ensure they are familiar with, and using, the most current version of the regulations. It is important that all training covers all of the regulatory changes for both national and international...

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SIGNIFICANT CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS TO THE 60TH EDITION IATA DGR (2019)

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The 60th edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations incorporates all amendments made by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel in developing the content of the 2019–2020 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions as well as changes adopted by the IATA Dangerous Goods Board. The following list is intended to assist the user to identify the main changes introduced in this edition and must not be considered an exhaustive listing. The changes have been prefaced by the section or subsection in which the change occurs. Read More

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