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Local, National and International packing, shipping and transportation of samples, packages and equipment are controlled by shipping regulations and / or local UEA guidance.  The following sections help to identify procedures to ensure all those who need to transport items.  If in doubt, seek assistance from the MED school Dangerous Goods Technician in the first instance. 

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All transportation of hazardous substances / samples across the NRP must follow the NRP protocol ‘Transport of hazardous substances and samples between sites across the NRP’.

A Transportation Risk Assessment is mandatory for all movement of chemicals / Biological samples / substances from or to MED school labs.  Contact senior technical staff for a template risk assessment for transportation. All staff members of each group who transport items should read and sign the risk assessment, which should outline guidelines for safe transportation as well as spillage procedures.


The university has appointed Dangerous Goods Shippers (DGS), under the direction of the Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA), to advise and assist you with shipping to and from the university. The MED DGS is James Goillau ( 

Researchers working in the BMRC can view the shipping guidance from sciences. 

Researchers at the BCRE should read the BCRE shipping guidance. A blank courier request form can be found here along with a completed example.

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BMRC & BCRE have staff who will receipt, notify and arrange collection of all incoming deliveries. If your parcel has been received by you directly from suppliers and has not gone via these staff please receipt the order yourself on UBW (or the invoice will not be paid). 

If you are expecting a delivery you must ensure that: 

  • You’ve provided the correct address  
  • Notified any staff receipting on your behalf about possible chemical & biological dangers and that appropriate risk assessments are in place before arrival. 
  • All chemicals and biological products are promptly added to your groups chemical inventory. A blank form can be downloaded here.
  • Large equipment is added to insurance inventories (inform laboratory manager of details)
  • Electrical equipment is appropriately PAT tested or visually inspected prior to use