Environmental Health & Safety

University of Colorado Boulder


IATA Infectious Substances

General Description

Provisions applicable to the classification of Infectious Substances were extensively revised and then published in the 13th and 14th revised editions of the UN Recommendation on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (Model Regulations). The revised provisions were developed in coordination with experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other technical experts in the field of transport, packaging and health.

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for complying with provisions applicable to the transport by air of infectious substances as set out in the DGR. Specifically the document provides guidance on:

  • Definitions;
  • Classification;
  • Exceptions;
  • Packaging Provisions for Infectious Substances, affecting humans or animals, UN 2814 or UN 2900;
  • Packaging Provisions for Biological Substances, Category B, UN 3373;
  • Packaging for Exempt Patient Specimens;
  • Prohibitions;
  • Passenger Provisions;
  • Training and Emergency Response.