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Interpretation Response #99-0246 ([Quintiles Simirex] [Mr. Christopher Swift])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Quintiles Simirex

Individual Name: Mr. Christopher Swift

Location State: NJ Country: US

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Response text:

December 2, 1999


Mr. Christopher Swift                        Ref No. 99-0246
Quintiles Simirex
12000 Commerce Parkway
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Dear Mr. Swift:

This is in response to your letter dated August 25, 1999, regarding markings on non-bulk specification packagings under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) . Specifically you ask if a packaging manufactured in 1994 and marked “94" must be used prior to the re-test date (12 months for single and composite packagings and 24 months for combination packagings (§ 178.601(e))).

The answer is no.  A packaging manufactured prior to the re-test date may be used at any time to transport a hazardous material for which it is authorized.  Non-bulk specification packagings do not "expire." However, the shipper must determine that the packagings has been manufactured, assembled, and marked in accordance with the HMR (§ 173.22 (a)) and, if used more than once, must comply with § 173.28.

I hope this satisfies your request.



John A. Gale
Transportation Regulations Specialist
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
178.503 Marking of packagings