The ISSG is the complete, plain language guide to transporting any sort of infectious substance quickly and safely. In the case of laboratory tests, delays due to shipping problems could mean a delay to initiating the necessary public health response or identifying the treatment required for a patient.

The ISSG contains documentation and packaging examples, checklists for every step of the process and shipping regulations for air, sea, road, rail, courier and the postal service.

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The ISSG is available in English and can be accessed on Windows and Mac, Android, iOS as well as in print. Find out which format suits your needs best.

What’s inside the ISSG?

  • Applicability (legislation, postal authorities, shipper, package supplier and carrier responsibilities, state and vendor variations)
  • Classification (UN numbers, classification criteria and scenarios)
  • Identification (list of dangerous goods, special provisions)
  • Packing (triple packaging, quantity limits, freezing or cooling, certified packing, overpacks, packing instructions)
  • Packaging performance tests (performance tests, finding the right packaging)
  • Marking and labelling (package use marking)
  • Documentation (waybill, how to complete the declaration form, sample documentation by material)
  • Handling (acceptance, checklists, refusals)
  • Emergency response (contact information, responsibilities, spills, leaks, first aid)
  • Training (national requirements, training schools)
  • Dangerous goods security (general provisions, training, high consequence provisions, security plans)

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Stay up-to-date

The key changes in the 15th edition of the Infectious Substances Shipping Guidelines (ISSG) include:

  • Deletion of “infected animal material” from the classification considerations
  • Separation of the temperature ranges from the 95 kPa capability for the primary receptacle or the secondary packaging. The 95 kPa pressure differential can be performed at ambient temperature
  • Addition of an outer packagings table to PI 620
  • Deletion of the temperature extremes associated with the 95 kPa pressure differential in PI 650