PACKING INSTRUCTION- 913 SUMMARY
Genetically Modified Microorganisms (GMO's)
(Effective January 2, 2011, PI 913 will be renamed PI 959)
- Leakproof primary receptacle(s) [Must use glass, metal or plastic primary receptacles which have a leakproof seal, such as heat seal, skirted stopper or metal crimp seal. Use tape, paraffin sealing tape or the manufactured locking closure for screw caps.]
- A leakproof secondary packaging. Other than for solid infectious substances, absorbent material in sufficient quantity to absorb the entire contents placed between the primary receptacle(s) and the secondary packaging; if multiple fragile primary receptacles are placed in a single secondary packaging, they must be either individually wrapped or separated so as to prevent contact between them. An itemized list of contents, enclosed between the secondary packaging and the outer packaging.
- A rigid outer packaging of adequate strength for its capacity, weight and intended use. The smallest external dimension must be not less than 100 mm (4 inches).
||Pathogenic GMO's must be classified as either Category A or Category B infectious substances and shipped accordingly.
Labeling Outer Package
- There are no package quantity limits for GMO's. Name and address of shipper and recipient. DOT Miscellaneous Class 9 label. "Genetically Modified Organism", or "Genetically Modified Microorganism, UN 3245", and quantity of specimen. Name and telephone number of a person responsible (marked durably and legibly).
- Orientation arrows are required to be placed on two opposite sides of a package containing lliquid dangerous goods.
||There are no maximum quantity limits per package, however, primary receptacles must not exceed 100 mL or 100 g.
Shippers Dangerous Goods Declaration Form
- Name, address and telephone number of shipper and recipient.
- Strike out the non-applicable "Aircraft" box.
- Strike out the non-applicable "Radioactive" box.
- "Nature and Quantity of Dangerous Goods" section of Declaration Form - complete this section using information provided in Table 2, Shipping Summary Table and DOT's Hazardous Materials Table (172.101.
- 24-hour emergency response telephone number. (Someone who can provide detailed, product specific and emergency information.)
- Name and title of signatory, place, and date.
- Shipper's signature - only trained and certified individuals may sign the form.
||Maintain the Shipper's Dangerous Goods Declaration forms for at least 2 years.
- GMO's are packed for shipment in the same way as Category A infectious substances, except there are no design type testing requirements for the packaging. However, beginning January 2, 2011, the new packing instruction 959 will require complete compliance with Packing Instruction 602, including the testing and certification.
- Packages must be in good condition, present no hazard or evidence of external contamination.
- The smallest external dimension must have at least 100 mm (4 inches).
- Whatever the intended temperature of the consignment, the primary receptacle or the secondary packaging must be capable of withstanding, without leakage, an internal pressure producing a pressure differential of not less than 95 kPa and temperatures in the range of minus 40 degrees F to 130 degrees F.