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: „Biological Substance, Category B“

Category B classifies specimens suspected to contain less dangerous pathogens (Biological Risk Groups 2 and 3). They are assigned UN Code 3373 „Biological Substance, Category B“ and must be packaged according to Packaging Form P 650 (Figure).

Exempted are medical specimens for which there is a minimal risk of containing pathogens. Labelled accordingly, they may be shipped in a three-layer package resembling that of Packaging Form P 650. According to medical histories, clinical syndromes and any other data available there must be no evidence for a contamination with pathogens (e.g., specimens for population-based or follow-up serological studies).

Consultation

Patients please contact their physician.


Beratung für Ärzte

(Beratung zum Diagnostikverfahren)

Dr. med. Ulrike Loderstädt

Fachärztin für Laboratoriumsmedizin
Fachärztin für Mikrobiologie, Virologie und Infektionsepidemiologie

Dr. med. Philip Eisermann

Arzt in Weiterbildung

Mo – Fr 09:00 – 12:30 Uhr und 13:30 – 17:00 Uhr

Tel.: +49 40 42818-211
Fax: +49 40 42818-252
E-Mail: labordiagnostik(at)bnitm.de

Supervision

Prof. Dr. med. Egbert Tannich

Specialist for Microbiology and Infection Epidemiology

Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Günther

Specialist for Virology

 

 

Order forms

Service­ specification

Service specifications (German) 

 

Please contact us if services are not listed in the specifications.

Contact

Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine

Laboratory Diagnostics, 

P. O. Box 50 06 40,

D-22706 Hamburg, Germany

Tel.: +49 40 42818-444

Suspected Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers
Tel.: +49 171 2127900

Fax: +49 40 42818-252
E-mail: labordiagnostik(at)bnitm.de

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