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Exempt Specimens Shipping Guidelines

Per regulations, to offer this shipment to a carrier you are required to complete TC0076 “Dry Ice and Exempt Specimens Training” on Rascal

Once the TC0076 training is completed, the shipper may prepare a compliant shipment and offer it to a carrier by following the packing instructions below;

The specimen must be packed in a packaging which will prevent any leakage and which is marked with the words "Exempt human specimen" or "Exempt animal specimen", as appropriate. The packaging must meet the following conditions:

(a) The packaging must consist of three components:

1. a leak-proof primary receptacle(s);

2. a leak-proof secondary packaging; and

3. an outer packaging of adequate strength for its capacity, mass and intended use, and with at least one surface having minimum dimensions of 100 mm x 100 mm;

(b) For liquids, absorbent material in sufficient quantity to absorb the entire contents must be placed between the primary receptacle(s) and the secondary packaging so that, during transport, any release or leak of a liquid substance will not reach the outer packaging and will not compromise the integrity of the cushioning material;

(c) When multiple fragile primary receptacles are placed in a single secondary packaging, they must be either individually wrapped or separated to prevent contact between them.

For an example of exempt specimen packaging click here.

 *Please note that “Diagnostic Specimen" and "Clinical Specimen” are no longer valid shipping names and should not be written on any shipping materials.  Please see the definitions page to determine if your shipment is either a Category A, Category B, or Exempt Specimen to determine the proper packaging instructions.