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DMM Reference 601.10.17.8

Nonregulated materials as defined in 346.234 are not subject to regulation as hazardous materials but must be properly packaged when presented for mailing. Nonregulated materials include biological product, blood collected for the purpose of blood transfusion, blood products and blood components collected for the purpose of transfusion, dried blood spots, forensic material not expected of containing a Category A or Category B infectious substance and transported on behalf of a government agency. For a complete description of nonregulated materials, see 346.234.

Proper Shipping Name and ID Number

Mailability

Required Packaging

Liquid Patient Specimens and Biological Products

Exceeding 50 ml
  • Material must be packaged in a securely sealed primary receptacle. A single primary receptacle must not contain more than 500 ml of specimen. Two or more primary receptacles whose combined volume does not exceed 500 ml may be enclosed in a single secondary container. The secondary container must be securely and snugly enclosed in a fiberboard box or container of equivalent strength that serves as the outer shipping container.
Not Exceeding 50 ml
  • A patient specimen or biological product consisting of 50 ml or less per mailpiece must be packaged in a securely sealed primary receptacle. Two or more primary receptacles whose combined volume does not exceed 50 ml may be enclosed within a single mailpiece. The secondary container can also serve as the outer shipping container. In that case, the biohazard symbol must appear on the inner packaging or on the primary container.
Absorbent and Cushioning Material
Secondary Container
Outer Shipping Container

Solid or Dry Specimen

Primary Receptacle
Secondary Container
Outer Shipping Container
Markings

Note: A shipper's declaration for dangerous goods (shipping papers) is not required for clinical specimens that do not contain infectious substances.