SpeciSafe® is a unique, easy-to-use and cost-effective packaging solution for convenient transport of Category B biological samples and patient specimens in accordance with UN3373 regulations and P650 packaging instructions.
SpeciSafe® is a unique packaging concept that makes patient sample packaging much less of a chore.
The robust, blister type, leak-proof pack simply encloses the sample container and protects it in the sealed casing ready for transportation according to UN3373 regulations. The built-in gel block absorbent layer saves time and materials as vials do not need to be separately wrapped.
SpeciSafe® packs are available in a wide range of design options covering the most commonly used 95 kPa sample vessels. Custom designed solutions can also be prepared.
For Road Transport
SpeciSafe packs need to be used with primary containers which are certified to have passed a 95kPa pressure differential test at ambient temperature. The SpeciSafe packs can be placed directly in a padded envelope or bag, ready for posting. What’s more, the dimensions of most SpeciSafe packs minimises postage costs. Depending on the sample vial size they can be mailed at large letter or small packet rate. SpeciSafe packs are available in a range of designs to fit perfectly around commonly used 95 kPa sample vessels.
For Air Transport
SpeciSafe packs need to be used with primary containers which are certified to have passed a 95kPa pressure differential test to IATA standards ie. the primary container can maintain a 95kPA pressure differential at both -40C and +55C. For air transport, the outer packaging must be rigid so SpeciSafe should be teamed with an outer rigid box.
SpeciSafe® replaces secondary packaging for mailing Category B samples contained in 95kPa vials. It combines the absorbent material, vial separation and rigid container within a single pre-moulded mailing pack.
You then only need to add a UN3373 labelled padded envelope or bag as your outer packaging, saving you time and money.
How to Transport Biological Samples
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.
SpeciSafe is the convenient and safe solution that is designed specifically for a wide range of commonly used sample containers. It incorporates an ultra absorbent lining in a compact pack that enables visibility of the contents and economical postage.