Improving the safety of shipping infectious substances

To ensure the safe transport of infectious substances (IS) and correct implementation of international transport regulations, a 2-day course for shippers of infectious substances (IS) was organized on 11–12 December 2014 in in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The capacities of 17 national staff from different regions of Tajikistan and from different ministries and agencies were strengthened.   

The course was organized by the WHO/Europe in collaboration with the WHO Country Office and Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population and covered introduction to the transport of infectious substances, shipping terms, categorization, packaging, marking and labelling, documentation and refrigeration. It was divided into interactive lectures, short presentations, demonstrations, hands on activities, question and answer sessions and a final examination.

Participants who passed the final examination received a certification recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Only participants scoring ≥ 80% in the final test receive the certificate, which is valid for 2 years. Most participants (64%) achieved a score of over 80% and were awarded a certificate of achievement.