Advance for Administrators of the Laboratory - 2015 Regulatory Updates for Shipping Infectious Substances
The regulations for the transport of dangerous goods are updated on a regular basis to ensure they incorporate any new dangerous goods and respond to recent
accidents or incidents. Due to numerous changes in the regulations each year both internationally and nationally, shippers are required to be retrained on a
regular basis to ensure they are familiar with, and using, the most current version of the regulations…
MLO - U.S. transport labels: two changes to know about
2014 proved to be a very interesting year concerning regulatory updates governing the transport of infectious, biological, and related materials. In the U.S,
two regulatory changes involving hazard labels took effect, but with distinctly different outcomes. This article focuses on the process for regulatory changes,
and also reviews these recent changes and their effect on shipments of infectious substances, biological specimens, and related materials…
Advance for Administrators of the Laboratory - The Cost of Doing Business - the Wrong Way
Have you ever stopped to think how much it costs to ship infectious and biological substances? As infectious and biological substances are regulated at national
and international levels, there are a number of things to keep in mind, such as training, packaging (both the act of, and the actual product) and
labeling requirements… (Read more)
Medical Device Developments – How to Ship Used Devices
In 2013 the international regulations governing the transport of infectious and biological substances added a new exception to the regulations for used medical
devices. This is a “conditional exception”, which means that in order to be excepted from the DG regulations, certain criteria must be met. While preparing
this exception, the international regulatory authorities cited an existing exception already present in the United States DG regulations (U.S.).
Although similar, there are some differences in these exceptions for shipping Used Medical Devices... (Read more)
Medical Device Developments - Exception to the rule (part 2)
Updated regulations governing the international transportation of dangerous goods (or hazardous materials) came into effect in January 2013, and these regulations include a new exception
for shipments involving medical devices that have been used or contaminated and then need to be shipped to another destination. This new exception is referred to as the “Used Medical Device Exception”...
Medical Device Developments - Exception to the rule
On 1 January 2013 the international regulatory bodies that oversee the air transport of infectious and biological substances worldwide published a new exception to the regulation expressly for shipments of used medical devices...
Advance for Medical Laboratory Professionals - Specimen Packaging, Shipping Compliance is essential for the evolution of transport regulations
Regulations governing the transport of biological and infectious substances have been around for approximately 25 years. As more shippers became compliant with these regulations,
a more thorough analysis of the regulations' effectiveness became available. Over time, the regulations have changed to adapt to an increased understanding of the nature and pathogenicity
of infectious substances... (Read more)
Advance for Administrators of the Laboratory - Specimen Transport Compliance (part 3 of 3)
We've all heard the adage, "Mistakes are learning opportunities." Failures are a key part of the learning experience, and
learning from the mistakes of others will help us from repeating those same mistakes. When the mistakes of others who package
infectious substances and hazardous materials result in fines or other corrective actions, these fines provide not only excellent
learning opportunities, but also give us an incentive to avoid the same mistakes... (read more)
Advance for Administrators of the Laboratory - Specimen Transport Compliance (part 2 of 3)
Hazardous materials transportation regulations exist for a reason. Past incidents involving hazardous materials have caused damage to property and
the environment, as well as injury and even death. Regulations were established to minimize the possibility of future incidents and ensure the safety
of those involved in transport operations... (read more)
Advance for Administrators of the Laboratory - Specimen Transport Compliance (part 1 of 3)
"Treat any potentially infectious substance as if it is infectious" is the universal precaution for everyone in laboratory and medical
settings who handle patient specimens. To ensure the safety of healthcare workers, standard operating procedures (SOPs) are based on this universal precaution...
MLO – Alphabet soup the who’s who of transport regulation
When it comes to shipping biological laboratory and patient specimens, it may seem like there are more questions than solutions. Laboratory personnel who ship specimens, regardless
of the type, must be trained to do this. But how do they know which regulations cover their shipments? Confusion increases when industry-familiar acronyms are introduced -
IATA, ICAO, DOT, DGR, UNCOE, PHMSA, FAA…(read more)
MLO - Formaldehyde shipments: avoid potential pitfalls
Many laboratorians are not sufficiently aware that there are a number of possible complications associated with shipping infectious biological substances and patient
specimens. These complications are often due to misunderstanding the transport regulations or possible cost concerns, and this confusion can lead to package
rejections or even fines…(read more)
MLO - Regulations and requirements for shipping.
- Education is key for lab staff
- Regulations and requirements for shipping
- Reducing healthcare costs
- RFID tracking efficients offset enhancements costs
Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices - Training Requirements for Shipping Human Specimens by Air
Human specimens of blood, urine, tissue, etc., are often transported by air due to their
importance and delicate nature. These shipments are subject to various national and
international regulations for the transportation of dangerous goods. This article discusses
training requirements for shippers of human specimens according to air regulations...(read more)
Sept - Advance Lab Professionsals - Curbing Problems... (read more)
June - ADVANCE for Administrators - Specimen Transport: Speciment Management Systems Curb Problems
Problems arise in maintaining compliance with transport regulations, as well as in tracking specimens throughout their journey.
Solutions such as electronic specimen management systems and training programs are available to help laboratorians...
May - ADVANCE for Administrators - Specimen Transport
USPS. DOT. IATA. The acronyms alone can have some laboratorians cringing at the thought of specimen transport.
With the many terms and guidelines to remember, and the need to stay updated on them annually, can...
April – Advance Lab Professionals - Guarding Specimen Integrity
A snippet of a patient's health, specimens demand the utmost attention and care during transport. With features such as temperature control and a sturdy exterior, proper packaging guards...
Oct - ADVANCE for Administrators - 'Wrapped Up' in Shipping Specifics
New specimen shipping regulations are being proposed, raising stress levels for shippers and suppliers of packaging products. Solutions, however, are also emerging...
Feb - ADVANCE for Administrators - Safe Specimen Packaging
Properly packaging infectious substances while observing the necessary regulations can be a complex task. Here's a look at the necessary considerations for the safety of handlers...