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Packaging for Category A Specimens

Triple packaging is required for category A substances.

The image on this page illustrates the correct packaging scheme. Packaging must include:

  • A leakproof primary receptacle that is glass, plastic, or metal
  • A leakproof secondary packaging
  • Absorbent material in sufficient quantity to absorb the entire contents, if the primary receptacle were to leak or break. (This is not required if the infectious substance is a solid.) The absorbent material is to be placed between the primary receptacle and the secondary packaging
  • An itemized list of contents, enclosed between the secondary packaging and the outer packaging (preferably enclosed in a zip lock bag). 
  • UN specification packaging