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Exempt Animal

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) manual contains a category that was created for shipping animal specimens for which there is minimal likelihood that pathogens are present.

The regulations cite examples of many routine laboratory tests that can now be transported as Exempt Animal Specimens (EAS). Examples of those tests are: blood or urine for cholesterol levels, hormone levels, prostate specific antigens (PSA), tests to monitor organ function (heart, liver, kidney), tests conducted for pregnancy and biopsies for cancer.

The Exempt Animal Specimen category has a specific packing and marking requirement. Specimen shipping packages consigned to couriers and air carriers must have the marking "Exempt Animal Specimen" and must, at a minimum, meet the following package requirements:

  • 100mm x 100mm dimension on one side
  • leak-proof primary container
  • leak-proof secondary container
  • absorbent between primary and secondary sufficient to absorb total primary container(s) contents
  • outer packaging of adequate strength for it's capacity

To effectively transport patient specimens in the Exempt Animal Specimen category, Therapak offers many EAS shipping systems based on the temperature sensitivity of the specimen payload. Please choose from the links below depending on transport conditions to select the shipping system most appropriate for your specimen type.