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​Biological Materials Shipper Training Course to be offered

The NIH is offering a one-day certification course for all personnel involved in the shipping of infectious substances, diagnostic specimens, biological specimens and dry ice classified as "dangerous goods." This course is free of charge to NIH employees.

Course Date(s):

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - Building 45, Room F1/F2.

Thursday January 31, 2019 - Building 45, Room F1/F2.

Tuesday March 19, 2019 - Building 45, Room F1/F2.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - Building 45, Room F1/F2.


8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.

- Limited Space is Available -

To register for the class, please visit the following website:      

This one-day course provides personnel with the knowledge and certification to be a shipper of infectious substances and diagnostic specimens. A general awareness of existing regulations for the transportation of Dangerous Goods as specified in the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) is provided. As most infectious substances and diagnostic specimens are shipped by air, the more restrictive air transport regulations will be the focus of the course. The course will use, as its core reference, the current edition of the International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR).

  • One of the key features of the class is a hands-on exercise involving the use of actual examples of shipping materials, vials, coolers, labels, shipper's declarations, etc., to demonstrate actual shipping details of particular shipments.
  • A comprehension exam, including the completion of a shipping documentation, is given at the end of the course. Certificates are only issued upon successful completion of the exam by each participant.

Course materials include a classroom manual with pertinent references from the current 49 CFR and the IATA DGR. These classes are being offered at no charge by the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS), Office of Research Services.

If you have additional questions, please contact Elisa DuBreuil via e-mail at

Individuals needing special assistance such as sign language, oral interpretation, or other reasonable accommodations should contact Elisa DuBreuil via e-mail at or phone 301-496-2960.