WHO training on shipping infectious substances held in Kazakhstan


The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe conducted a two-day Infectious Substances Shipping Training (ISST) course in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 6-7 September 2012. The training was aimed at national specialists and 24 participants involved in the shipping of infections substances (i.e. virologists, bacteriologists and laboratory managers) from regional, subregional and reference laboratories took part in the course. The training consisted of face-to-face interactive lectures, short presentations, demonstrations, hands-on activity, Q&A sessions and a final examination that covered the following topics:

  • introduction to transport of infectious substances;
  • shipping terms categorization;
  • packaging;
  • marking and labeling;
  • documentation; and
  • refrigeration.
 All participants scored higher than 80% in the final exam, meaning they were certified to perform international shipping of infectious substances. This certificate is valid for 24 months and is recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).