July 1 LOCS (CDC) Email

Subject: Lab Alert: DOT Issues Safety Notice for Transportation of COVID-19 Diagnostic Samples
Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals
Level: Laboratory Alert

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued a Safety Advisory Notice for the Transportation of COVID-19 Diagnostic Samples. This notice was published in response to inspections that revealed COVID-19 diagnostic test samples that were improperly marked or packaged for shipping.

For specific packaging and shipping guidance, see the advisory (link below) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Documentation.

Read the Safety Advisory here: https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/sites/phmsa.dot.gov/files/2020-06/UN3373%20COVID%2019%20Safety%20Advisory.pdf.

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