07/01/2020: Lab Alert: DOT Issues Safety Notice for Transportation of COVID-19 Diagnostic Samples

Updated July 1, 2020

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Level: Laboratory Alert

DOT Issues Safety Notice for Transportation of COVID-19 Diagnostic Samples

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued a Safety Advisory Notice for the Transportation of COVID-19 Diagnostic Samples. This notice was published in response to inspections that revealed COVID-19 diagnostic test samples that were improperly marked or packaged for shipping.

For specific packaging and shipping guidance, see the advisory (link below)  and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Documentationexternal icon.

Read the Safety Advisory here: https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/sites/phmsa.dot.gov/files/2020-06/UN3373%20COVID%2019%20Safety%20Advisory.pdfpdf iconexternal icon.

Online resources:

Laboratory Outreach Communication System | Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS)

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

LOCS@cdc.gov

www.cdc.gov/csels/dls/locs

Page last reviewed: July 1, 2020