What Are the Rules for Sample Transportation?

What Are the Rules for Sample Transportation?

From human serum and cultures of blood borne viruses to biological agents and wastewater, different sample types are subject to different transportation regulations. Below, we take a closer look at some of the rules for sample transportation, covering local, national and international examples.

International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)

The ISO published standards for a wide range of industries and sectors, including sample transportation.

Standards cover a myriad of specialised areas, ranging from biology to medicine.

For example, ISO 10381-6:1993 offers guidance on best-practice transportation and storage conditions

for soil samples collected for aerobic microbial analysis.

ISO 15189:2012 is specific to medical laboratories and offers guidelines on sample transportation procedures for human samples.

Depending on the type of sample being transported, standards may be complex and austere or relatively simple and straightforward.

National departments for transport

Transporting samples by road or rail is regulated by national authorities in most countries. In the UK, the Department for Transport offers guidance to testing laboratories and other facilities handling patient specimens in the UN 3373 Biological Substance Category B document.

The rules cover all bases and state “packaging shall be of good quality, strong enough to withstand the shocks and loadings normally encountered during carriage, including transhipment between cargo transport units and between cargo transport units and warehouses as well as any removal from a pallet or overpack for subsequent manual or mechanical handling.”

These strict rules have led to the creation of companies dedicated to sample transport solutions. UK-based company Alpha Laboratories is just one of many companies offering sample transport packaging products that meet UN 3373 regulations.


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