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Interpretation Response #08-0247 ([Henry Ford Hospital] [Ms. Carolie Horvath])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Henry Ford Hospital

Individual Name: Ms. Carolie Horvath

Location State: MI Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

October 30, 2008


Ms. Carolie Horvath

Henry Ford Hospital

2799 W. Grand Blvd.

Detroit, MI 48202

Ref. No. 08-0247

Dear Ms. Horvath:

This is in response to your September 29, 2008 email regarding the applicability of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 100-180) to the transportation of chemotherapy medications.

In your email, you state that you have reviewed the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for a few select chemotherapy medications and the shipping information for these agents indicates that the materials are "not DOT regulated." You request whether these chemotherapy medications transported by same-day local courier service are regulated under the HMR. You also request guidance on proper packaging and hazardous communication to transport these materials in accordance with the HMR.

It is the opinion of this Office that the materials described in your letter do not meet the definition of a hazardous material and, therefore, are not required to be transported in accordance with the HMR.

I hope this satisfies your inquiry. If we can be of further assistance, please contact us.


Susan Gorsky

Acting Chief, Standards Development

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards

17.1, 172.101, 173.197

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
171.1 Applicability of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to persons and functions
173.197 Regulated medical waste