Summary of Air Transport requirements for Biological Specimens (SATBS)

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Requirements For The Packaging and Transport of Pathology Specimens and Associated Materials

  • Shipment type Proper shipping name.
  • UN or ID number.
  • IATA class IATA Packing Instruction Packing group.
  • Max net quantity/pkg for passenger aircraft.
  • Max net quantity/pkg for cargo aircraft.
  • Label Biological Substance, Category B.
  • Biological substance, Category B UN 3373 Hazard Class 6.2 650 — 4 L or 4 kg.
  • 4 L or 4 kg UN 3373 mark Cytology liquid-based vials not containing any Specimen.
  • Flammable liquid, n.o.s., (contains methanol) Hazard Class 3 Dry ice.
  • Dry ice, or carbon dioxide, solid UN 1845 Hazard Class 9904 Packing group III 2.5 kg in aircraft cabin, 200 kg in hold 200 kg Miscellaneous (Hazard Class 9).
  • Exempt human substance or exempt animal substance No limit Formalin <25% Not restricted.
  • Infectious Substance, Category A, affecting animals only.
  • Infectious substance,affecting animals UN 2900 Hazard Class 6.2 602 50 mL or 50 g 4 L or 4 kg max.
  • Infectious Substance (Hazard Class 6.2).
  • Infectious Substance, Category A, affecting humans, or humans and animals.
  • Infectious substance, affecting humans UN 2814 Hazard Class 6.2 602 — 50 mL or 50 g 4 L or 4 kg max.
  • Infectious Substance (Hazard Class 6.2) Lyophilised (freeze-dried) substances *Must be classified according to contents.
  • Primary receptacles for lyophilised substances must be either flame-sealed glass ampoules or glass vials with rubber stoppers.
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