Biological Materials Shipping
Research materials shipped domestically and internationally are subject to a number of Federal, State and Local regulations. If these regulations are not followed, shipping will be delayed and the package will be returned to the sender or destroyed and the individual cited for non-compliance and subject to civil and/or criminal penalties.
Note: An application for importation must be submitted to the NIH Quarantine Permit Service Officer (QPSO) when importing biological products, diagnostic, or infectious materials into the United States. An application for importation must be submitted for the transfer of previously permitted imported material.
When sending any and all biological material from NIH facilities to an overseas destination, an export declaration must be signed by an NIH QPSO.
All packaging must comply with the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) dangerous goods regulations. Federal and international regulations require that the packager successfully complete job-specific training and be certified to ship biological products, diagnostic or infectious materials.
Questions should be directed to the NIH QPSO at (301) 496-2960.