Other Specimens – Shipment

Note: When you ship a specimen to CDC, make sure your package will arrive on a weekday and will not arrive at CDC on the weekend or a federal holiday.

  1. In emergencies, call the Epidemiology Branch of the Division of Parasitic Diseases at (770) 488-7760 to make special arrangements.
  2. For routine requests, submit the specimen to the appropriate city, county or state health department laboratory (see http://www.aphl.orgExternal Web Site Icon) for processing and examination. That facility will refer specimens to CDC if necessary.
  3. Figure 1 shows correct labeling and packaging of specimens (
  4. If shipping a specimen, please refer to shipping regulations and guidelines at the following addresses:
    1. Guidelines for the Safe Transport of Infectious Substances and Diagnostic Specimens, (World Health OrganizationExternal Web Site Icon)
    2. The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, (International Air Transport Association) Web Site Icon
    3. Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 100-185. Hazardous Materials regulations (Department of Transportation) Web Site Icon
    4. Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 72. Interstate shipment of etiologic agents (Department of Health and Human Services)
    5. Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 72.6. Additional requirements for facilities transferring or receiving select agents (Department of Health and Human Services) Web Site Icon
    6. Biosafety in Microbiological and Biological and Biomedical Laboratories (CDC/NIH)

For additional information about shipping specimens, call the Division of Parasitic Diseases at (404) 718-4110.

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