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Biological Materials Shipping Procedures

It is illegal to ship regulated biological materials without the proper training due to the ever-changing regulations and heavy documentation that must accompany each shipment. Training is also required when shipping on dry ice as a refrigerant. If you have not had training and need to ship biological materials including genetically- modified organisms/micro-organisms there are two options for you:

Before your biological materials can be packaged and shipped the following items must be completed:

  • A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) must be filled out for materials that are being shipped off campus.
  • Ensure that any necessary permits have been obtained. The CDC, USDA and other regulatory agencies require permits for shipping certain etiological agents and other biological materials.

Please note that these paperwork requirements can take several weeks to complete, therefore you should prepare well in advance for them.

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