Before any samples can be received, your Hair or Saliva Declaration must be completed, returned to Anglia Ruskin Biomarker Analysis Laboratory and approved by our lab staff. We cannot accept ANY samples without this document.
Prior to arranging a delivery, please contact Anglia Ruskin Biomarker Analysis Laboratory on +44 (0)1223 698 143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hair samples, as long as they are expected not to contain pathogens that affect humans, are exempt from IATA dangerous goods regulations. Do not use plastic bags, clingwrap, wax paper or other non-breathable containers to wrap your samples, as this may cause ‘sweating’ of cortisol from the hair.
However, for hair samples many postal services/couriers still require packaging that is equivalent to that used for UN3373 ( Category B Biological Substances) dried samples.
To ensure that your samples are not held up during shipping, we recommend the following packaging:
N.B. Some couriers may wish to inspect package contents on collection.
Ensure barcode labels are attached to all cryovials/storage tubes. Labels should not overlap the lid or swab storage tube “cradle” section and should be orientated with the barcode running along the length of the tube as per the diagram below:
All samples should ideally be frozen prior to shipping, with caps and lids secured. To comply with IATA requirements for shipping Category B Biological Substances (IATA code UN3373) your packaging must consist of 4 components:
You should also:
The principle of UN3373 is that all samples should be triple-packed with two layers of leak-proof containers, sufficient absorbent material to contain any spillage, and outer packaging that can withstand a fall from 1.2m. Please see the photos below for further guidance. N.B. Some couriers may wish to inspect box contents on collection.
On the day your pre-frozen samples are ready to be shipped, place sufficient dry ice or solid cold packs (‘blue ice’) around the samples to keep them at the required temperature until arrival. Do not use normal ice made from water; it will leak during shipping and cause a panic! N.B. It is advisable to plan an additional contingency of dry ice/cold blocks in case your shipment is delayed.
Dry Ice shipments
Most salivary analytes must be shipped frozen on dry ice. If shipping samples on dry ice, please follow your institute’s safe handling instructions, and follow the IATA packaging and labelling guidelines for dry ice shown below:
N.B. samples should not come into direct contact with dry ice, dry ice should be located only between the secondary container and the outer packaging.