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Interpretation Response #07-0025 ([LMC Pathology Services] [Ms. Jane Swerdlow])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: LMC Pathology Services

Individual Name: Ms. Jane Swerdlow

Location State: DC Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

Mar 9 2007

Ms. Jane Swerdlow                                         
Reference No. 07-0025
Chief Operating Officer
LMC Pathology Services
3059 S. Maryland Parkway, #100
Las Vegas, NV 89109-2201

Dear Ms. Swerdlow:

This responds to your letter concerning transportation of blood and body fluids under the
Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 17 1-180). Specifically, you ask
whether blood, body fluids, and similar specimens are subject to regulation as Category
B, Division 6.2 materials.

In accordance with § 173.134(b)(11), a human or animal sample being transported for routine testing not related to the diagnosis of an infectious disease and for which there is a low probability that the sample is infectious is not subject to regulation under the
HMR. There is no requirement that samples transported in accordance with this section must be transported in exclusive-use vehicles. Note, however, that formalin (10%
formaldehyde solution) is a Class 9 material and is subject to regulation for transportation by air. For ground transportation, neither the samples nor the formalin (10%
formaldehyde solution) are regulated under the HMR.

I hope this information is helpful. Please contact this office if you have additional questions.


Hattie L. Mitchell
Chief, Regulatory Review and Reinvention
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
173.134 Class 6, Division 6.2-Definitions and exceptions