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Class 6: Toxic and Infectious substances

Class 6.1 / 6.2 - Toxic and Infectious substances
Class 6 is divided into two division as follow:

Division 6.1 – Toxic Substances

  • Which are liable to cause death or injury or to harm human health if swallowed, inhaled or contacted by the skin.
  • Toxic substances and preparations must be allocated to packing groups referred according to the degree of their toxic hazards in transport as follows:

Packing Group I: presenting a very severe toxicity hazard

Packing Group II: presenting a serious toxicity hazard

Packing Group III: presenting a relatively low toxicity hazard

Division 6.2 – Infectious substances

  • Infectious Substances: are substances which are known or are reasonably expected to contain Pathogens (pathogen: defined as micro-organisms including bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other agents such as prions, which can cause disease in humans or animals).
  • Biological Products: are those products derived from living organisms which are manufactured and distributed, may include finished or unfinished products such as vaccines.
  • Cultures: are the result of a process by which pathogens are intentionally propagated.
  • Patient Specimens: are those collected directly from humans or animals, including excreta, secreta, blood and its components, tissue, etc.
  • Medical or Clinical Waster: are wastes derived from the veterinary treatment of animals, the medical treatment of humans or from bioresearch.

Disclaimer: this information is provided for convenience only. Please consult International Associations and Local Authorities for more details and latest information.

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