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2015

January

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… (Read more)

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… (Read more)

 

2014

December

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)

April

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”... (Read more)

 

2013

June

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... (Read more)

April

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)

 

2012

November

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)

October

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)

September

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... (read more)

 

August

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)

 

April

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)

 

2010

May

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
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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)

 

2007

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... (read more)

 

2005

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... (read more)

 

2004

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... (read more)

 

2002

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... (read more)

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... (read more)