Consumables for Sample Transport
SpeciSafe® unique ultra-absorbent, time saving & cost-effective secondary packaging for commonly used vials, plus versatile Biological Sample Mailing Solutions which all ensure UN3373 regulations compliance.
Whether for medical diagnostic purposes, clinical trials or research, getting patient specimens and other biologically hazardous samples safely from their source to the laboratory can be problematic. SpeciSafe® Packs, Mail Tuff envelopes and the new versatile Biological Sample Mailing Packaging systems provide a safe, convenient and economical solution for P650 packaging instructions and UN3373 compliance. .
Transport tubes, autoclavable bags and slide mailers are also available.
Are You Mailing Human or Animal Samples?
You Should Understand Your Compliance Responsibilities for Packaging Biohazardous Samples
The transport of dangerous goods is strictly regulated to ensure the safety of all people who may come into contact with the package, and to ensure the parcel and its contents reaches their destination in good condition.
The Sample Transport Seminar is a short training programme from Alpha Laboratories, that can help people involved in packaging specimens, to understand the necessary requirements and their responsibilities, to ensure they are compliant and safe.
The training is provided by a technical expert who is certified in the Carriage of Diagnostic and Infectious Substances by Air, through a CAA approved course.
Find out more about Sample Transport Seminars
UN3373 Standard Key Requirements
The packaging must be of good quality and strong enough to withstand the shocks and loadings normally encountered during transport. It must prevent any loss of contents that could occur due to vibration or changes in temperature, humidity or pressure. The P650 packaging instructions for liquid substances state:-
a) The primary receptacle(s) shall be leak proof;
b) The secondary packaging shall be leak proof;
c) If multiple fragile primary receptacles are placed in a single secondary packaging, they shall be either individually wrapped or separated to prevent contact between them;
d) Absorbent material shall be placed between the primary receptacles(s) and the secondary packaging. The absorbent material shall be in quantity sufficient to absorb the entire contents of the primary receptacle(s) so that any release of the liquid substance will not compromise the integrity of the cushioning material or of the outer packaging;
e) The primary receptacle or the secondary packaging shall be capable of withstanding, without leakage, an internal pressure of 95 kPa (0.95 bar).
To date laboratory personnel have had to fashion various packaging solutions to meet the UN3373 requirements to transport patient samples. These include wrapping the primary container in an absorbent material, placing this in a sealed plastic bag and then putting all this into a rigid box. This requires multiple materials and can result in mailing packages being of considerable size, increasing the cost of postage.