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Interpretation Response #09-0189 ([The Jackson Laboratory-West] [Ms. Kristela Ramos])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: The Jackson Laboratory-West

Individual Name: Ms. Kristela Ramos

Location State: CA Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

October 9, 2009





Ms. Kristela Ramos

The Jackson Laboratory-West

4910 Raley Boulevard

Sacramento, CA 95838

Ref. No. 09-0189

Dear Ms. Ramos:

This responds to your August 18, 2009 request for clarification of requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) applicable to the transportation of live animals implanted with non-infectious tumor fragments or blood cells (stem cells). You indicate that the animals are used for research and ask whether they are subject to the HMR.

The answer is no. In accordance with § 173.134(b)(1), a material that does not contain an infectious substance or that is unlikely to cause disease in humans or animals is not subject to the requirements of the HMR applicable to the transportation of Division 6.2 materials.

I hope this answers your inquiry. If you need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact this Office.


Charles E. Betts

Chief, Standards Development

Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

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