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Packaging and Shipping

Packing and Shipping Infectious Substances
ASM's Sentinel Laboratory Guidelines for Suspected Agents of Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases for Packing and Shipping Infectious Substances were revised July 15, 2011 by author Larry Gray, Ph.D., D(ABMM). The 2011 International Air Transport Association (IATA) revisions are shown in RED and the author’s revisions and clarifications are in BLUE.  ASM Sentinel Laboratory Guidelines offer clinical microbiology laboratories standardized, practical methods to aid microbiologists in ruling out critical agents that may be used in a bioterrorist event or associated with an emerging infectious disease.

Summarizes the most recent regulations and provides guidelines for shipment of infectious substances and diagnostic specimens. Specific topics covered in this Cumitech include terminology, classification, and naming of diagnostic specimens, marking and labeling packages, packing material, documentation, and training of personnel.
Denys, G. A., L. D. Gray, and J. W. Snyder. 2004. Cumitech 40, Packing and Shipping of Diagnostic Specimens and Infectious Substances. Coordinating ed., D. L. Sewell. ASM Press, Washington, D.C.

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