RE: New postal regulations

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From:Alex Brown <> (by way of histonet)
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Hi Russ,
	These things are sent to try us !!!  An interesting point tho' ,
is a specimen transported in formalin an 'infectious substance' ??  In
some ways I suppose it depends on the specimen e.g. CJD specimens would
obviously still be classed as 'infectious'. We tend not to send too many
specimens by Royal Mail, but I intend checking what's listed in WHO Risk
Groups 1,  2,  and 3.   As for the 'packaging' I haven't seen any as
yet, but it would be interesting to know if they include the 'absorbent
material' the guidelines refer to. A few of the suppliers of the
packaging have web sites, so I'll have look when I get the chance.
		Have a 'Merry' festive season one and all,

			Alex. Brown
			Crosshouse Hospital
			Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Subject: New postal regulations
Date: 22 December 1998 08:07

Mainly to UK histologists.

Have you seen the new Postal Regulations for infectious substances
which come into effect Jan 1st 1999?  Regs known as U.N. 602
Obliquely related I know, but would be interested to know what
packaging being used for fixed tissue coming to the lab by post. I am
thinking particularly of commercial packaging and about the Post
Office "return container" service.

 My guess is that there would be some argument about whether tissue
 - formalised or not, forgive the word - was infectious, especially
given those little p's.
Russ Allison, Wales

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