Specimen Transport

Specimen Transport Packaging

Specializing in the development and distribution of Cat A (UN 2900, UN 2814), Cat B (UN 3373) and Exempt (Patient Specimen) shipping solutions. Packaging developed in accordance to the regulations set forth by the USDOT, Transport Canada, ICAO and IATA.

Biological substances are assigned to one of the following categories: Category A Infectious substance, Category B Infectious substance, Exempt patient specimens, Biologic not regulated for transport.

Category A

(UN 2900, UN 2814)

Category A Infectious substances are infectious substances in a form capable of causing permanent disability, life-threatening of fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals when exposure to it occurs. (49 CFR 173.134, TDGR 1.4, ICAO 2.6.3, IATA 3.6.2)


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Category B

(UN 3373)

Category B Infectious substances are 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 (49 CFR 137.134 (a) (1) (ii), TDGD 1.4, IATA, ICAO 2;6


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Exempt Patient Specimens


Patient specimens that are not likely to contain a pathogen are classified as “Exempt human specimens” or “Exempt animal specimens”, as appropriate.  In order to classify a patient specimen as Exempt, professional judgment is required. Factors such as the known medical history, symptoms and individual circumstances of the source (human or animal), and endemic local conditions MUST be considered.


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