This document uses the IATA regulations and the UN Model Regulations to categorise the substances being transported and makes recommendations regarding appropriate packaging, labelling and handling.

The following resources and reference documents should be considered and used in conjunction with this document:


  • Australia Post — Dangerous Goods Guide
  • CASA (Civil Aviation Authority) Dangerous Goods page
  • NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) (2003). Australian Immunisation Handbook, 8th edition, NHMRC.
  • NPAAC (National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council) — Requirements for Procedures Related to the Collection, Processing, Storage and Issue of Human Progenitor Cells.
  • IATA (The International Air Transport Association) Dangerous Goods page
  • International Maritime Organisation — International Marine Dangerous Goods Code
  • National Transport Commission — Australian Dangerous Goods Code
  • Office of the Federal Register — National Archives and Records Administration
  • Office of the Gene Technology Regulator — Guidelines for the Transport of GMOs
  • Standards Australia — AS 4834-2007 Packaging for Surface Transport of Biological Material that may cause Disease in Humans, Animals and Plants
  • United Nations — Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Model Regulations, 14th edition


  • Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Further information

Other NPAAC documents are available from:

NPAAC Secretariat
Department of Health and Ageing
GPO Box 9848 (MDP 951)

Phone: (02) 6289 4017
Fax: (02) 6289 4028
Email: npaac