Specimen definitions*

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Category A specimen: An infectious substance which is transported in a form that, when exposure to it occurs, is capable of causing permanent disability, life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals.

Category B specimen: An infectious substance not meeting the criteria for inclusion in Category A.

Exempt specimen: Specimens for which there is minimal likelihood that pathogens are present.

Excepted specimen: Substances which do not contain infectious substances or substances which are unlikely to cause disease in humans or animals. Substances in a form that any present pathogens have been neutralized or inactivated such that they no longer pose a health risk.

*The shipping core will classify your samples accordingly.


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