Infectious Samples

In accordance with Government of Canada regulations, including the Human Pathogens Toxin Act (HPTA), if samples of an infectious nature are NOT from naturally infected animals then the samples would be required to be inactivated prior to shipping to us (the assumption being that the pathogen has been potentially propagated). 

Primary patient samples may require inactivation prior to shipping to us, dependent on the Biosafety Level and/or any requirements outlined in the HPTA. Primary patient samples are not assumed to be pathogenic unless there is a specific reason to think that they are. For example: medical history, symptoms etc.

You will be asked if your samples are of an infectious nature when you place an order with us and we will reach out to you directly to advise any inactivation and shipping requirements and to ensure compliance with regulations.

Classification of Biological/Hazardous Materials is detailed in the UN Dangerous Goods to ensure that protection regulations are internationally consistent.

UN numbers are assigned by the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods to identify hazardous substances in international travel. The UN numbers are given in brackets adjacent to the corresponding hazard.

Category A Infectious Substances (Hazard Class 6.2):  Substances that cause permanent disability, life threatening or fatal disease either in humans (UN2814) or animals (UN2900). Examples of these substances are listed in UMC Shipment of Biological Materials Manual.  Eve Technologies does not perform services on category A infectious substances.

Category B Infectious Substances (Hazard Class 6.2):  Substances that are infectious but do not meet the criteria for inclusion in Category A. In other words, the substance is not capable of causing permanent disability, life threatening or fatal disease (UN3373).  Eve Technologies may conduct services on category B infectious substances. The service proposal is evaluated for safety and the decision is made on a case by case basis.

Non infectious substances:  Inactivated samples and substances that do not contain pathogens or infectious agents that could cause disease in animals or humans. Substances that are classified as non-infectious can include blood based samples, tissue cultures, and other biological samples.