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Changes to infectious substances transport procedures in 2005

  • Document type:
    Publication
  • Author:
    Department of Health
  • Published date:
    30 June 2005
  • Primary audience:
    Professionals
  • Publication format:
    Electronic only
  • Gateway reference:
    5173
  • Pages:
    5
  • Copyright holder:
    Crown

The 2005 revision of the transport regulations contains important changes to the provision for transfers of infectious substances.

Advice provided by the World Health Organisation informed the decision by the United Nations to change the method of classifying pathogens in the international transport regulation base. For transfer purposes, pathogens will no longer be assigned according to their risk group, but according to two new Categories, A and B. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)  Hazard Group classifications will continue to apply for all activities other than transfer.

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