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Shipping Biological Materials
(Class 6 Division 6.2 Infectious Substances and Related Materials)

Contact Mark Robbins before shipping any biological materials

Shipping Biologicals

FAQs about Training Requirements
How do I complete the training required for shipping biological materials?
  • STEP 1: Contact the USC Biosafety Officer for the link directly to the Internet Shipping Training. You will be provided a unique Activation Code that can be used to access the training program.
  • STEP 2: Select the training subjects that are applicable to the type of biological materials you will be shipping. You must select the appropriate subjects for your shipment.
  • STEP 3: Complete the applicable subjects included in the Internet Shipping Training.
  • STEP 4: Complete the test to verify understanding of the regulations, and print your certificate as a record to document your successful completion of training.
  • STEP 5: Notify the USC Biosafety Officer that you have completed the required sections of the training program. (Note: Your training certificate must be signed by the Biosafety Officer)
Who is required to complete training for shipping biological materials?

Training must be provided or verified prior to any personnel transporting dangerous goods.
How frequently is training required for shipping biological materials?

Recurrent training must take place within 24 months of previous training to ensure knowledge is current.
What training sections are included in this shipping training program?

This training contains separate sections that cover the requirements for shipping the following materials:
  • Category A Infectious Substances
  • Category B Infectious Substances
  • Exempt Human and Animal Specimens
  • Genetically Modified (Micro)Organisms
  • Dry Ice
  • Dry and Wet Liquid Nitrogen Shippers
  • Excepted Quantities
The training program will allow you to choose exactly the training subjects you need, which enables you to not waste time training on subjects that are not applicable to you. Please allocate sufficient time to complete all required sections of the training program prior to the date you plan to prepare your shipment. EHS recommends contacting the Biosafety Officer at least 2 weeks prior to the shipping date.
What record of training must be maintained for shipping biological materials?

After the training test is completed, it is scored with just a simple click of the mouse. You will be able to print a certificate as your record of training, documenting your test score, the specific areas tested on, as well as the test and expiration date of the certificate. USC requires a test score of at least 80% prior to shipping your samples (you may take the test over as many times as needed). Training certificates must be made available for review upon request by USC staff or national authorities.
How can I obtain additional information regarding the shipping requirements?
  • You may request a copy of the Compliance Training Reference Manual from the USC Biosafety Officer which can serve as an excellent reference containing detailed information on the requirements for each shipment classification.
  • Review the Shipping Biological Materials Resources below for more information on the classification of infectious substances, packing instructions, updates to the regulations, importing or exporting infectious substances, and other topics pertaining to shipping biological materials.

Shipping Biological Materials Resources
Training Requirements and Shipper’s Responsibilities
Shipper's Declaration for Dangerous Goods - Column Format (Fillable)
Classification of Infectious Substances (IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations)
Examples of Category A Infectious Substances
Packing Instruction 650 (Applicable to UN 3373)
Acceptance Checklist for Dry Ice (Carbon Dioxide, solid)
Significant Changes to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, 56th Edition (2015)
Emergency Response Telephone Number (49 CFR 172.604)
CDC Etiologic Agent Import Permit Program (EAIPP)
CDC Application for Permit to Import Biological Agents or Vectors of Human Disease
Guidelines for Importation of Human and Non-Human Primate Material
Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (Export Adminstration)
USDA/APHIS: Animal, Animal Product, and Plant Import and Export Information
Materials of Trade (MOTs) – Hazardous Materials Carried on a Motor Vehicle
Materials of Trade Exceptions (49 CFR 173.6)
DOT Guide: Transporting Infectious Substances Safely
World Courier (Specialized Courier to Manage Import/Export of Research Samples)