ASTM F2995 - 16

    Standard Guide for Shipping Possibly Infectious Materials, Tissues, and Fluids

    Active Standard ASTM F2995 | Developed by Subcommittee: F04.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.02


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides a general guide to transportation, including packaging and shipping, of possibly infectious materials, tissues, and fluids that have been removed from patients during revision surgery, at postmortem, or as part of animal studies, including packaging and shipping.

    1.2 This guide does not address any materials, tissues, or fluids that may contain prions.

    1.3 Individuals must be properly trained prior to shipping possibly infectious materials.

    1.4 This guide is a compilation of national and international regulations and guidelines that apply to the packaging and shipment of possibly infectious materials.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Some specific hazards statements are given in Section 7 on Hazards.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D4840 Guide for Sample Chain-of-Custody Procedures

    Federal Standards and Regulatory Bodies

    DOT 49 CFR 172.700

    DOT 49 CFR 173.134 TransportationShippersGeneral Requirements for Shipments and PackagingsClass 6, Division 6.2Definitions and Exceptions

    DOT 49 CFR 173.3 TransportationShippersGeneral Requirements for Shipments and PackagingsHazardous Materials Classes and Index to Hazard Class Definitions

    DOT 49 CFR 178

    International Air Transport Association (IATA) uses Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). These are cu

    Packing Instructions 620 Packing InstructionsDivision 6.2Category A Infectious Substances

    Packing Instructions 650 Packing InstructionsDivision 6.2Category B Infectious Substances

    ISO Standards

    ISO 11607–1 Packaging for Terminally Sterilized Medical DevicesPart 1: Requirements for Materials, Sterile Barrier Systems and Packaging Systems

    UN Dangerous Transport Standards

    UN 1845 Carbon dioxide, solid, also called dry ice

    UN 2814 Infectious substance, affecting humans

    UN 2900

    UN 3373 Biological substance, Category B


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.300 (Protection against dangerous goods)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/F2995-16

    Citation Format

    ASTM F2995-16, Standard Guide for Shipping Possibly Infectious Materials, Tissues, and Fluids, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org

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