Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

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)

  • Monday, June 17, 2019 - Building 45, Room F1/F2.
  • Tuesday August 20, 2019 - Building 45, Room F1/F2.
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – Building 45, Room F1/F2.
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - Building 45, Room A/B.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - Building 45, Room A/B.

Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.

Limited Space is Available*

Course Registeration

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.

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.

​​​​​​​​What's New

​Stay Informed

    Updated information on Safety and Security issues at the NIH
    The latest info on projects that impact traffic around the NIH and resources to help you with your commute
    When Emergencies Happen, Stay Connected with AlertNIH
    The new ID badge process for employees and contractors
  • News2Use
    Information and updates about ORS services to the NIH community
  • ORS Annual Report 2019
    A look at ORS accomplishments in 2019