Sample Shipment

Instructions & Regulations

Medical specimens must be packed, labelled and shipped following legal provisions and requirements of the carrier. The primary vessel (mostly blood containers) and the secondary packaging must be liquid-tight, and the space between primary vessel and secondary packaging must contain sufficient absorption material. 

Category A specimens

Category A classifies specimens suspected to contain life-threatening pathogens (Biological Risk Group 4, e.g. Haemorrhagic Fever Viruses). They are assigned UN Code 2814 „Contagious Substance, Hazardous to Humans“. They must be packaged according to Packaging Form P 620 and shipped under defined safety precautions.

Important Notes

  • Order Forms for these specimens are marked with an asterisk (*).
  • Courier delivery must be adressed to:
    Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine
    Laboratory Diagnostics
    Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 74
    D-20359 Hamburg
  • These specimens must be announced to the BNITM virologist on duty beforehand via phone (Tel. +49 171 2127900).

Category B specimens

Packaging Form P 650: „Biological Substance, Category B“
Packaging Form P 650: „Biolo