Research Materials Shipping

Yale has adopted a Shipping Policy (Policy) that states “All shipments for which Yale is responsible must comply with all applicable regulations and standards, as well as relevant policies and procedures. All shipments for which Yale is responsible must be processed through eShipGlobal unless otherwise specified. All personnel involved in any aspect of shipping or receiving research/clinical materials must complete the required training.”

In limited situations, use of Yale’s approved shipping application may not be feasible.  In such situations, an exception may be warranted. For more detailed information on this process, please see  Procedure 1430 PR.01 Shipping Policy Exception Requests.

Please note that Yale policy also prohibits the use of departmental carrier accounts unless documented exceptions have been filed with the shipping committee.

The Policy also addresses export controls. Some microorganisms and toxins are controlled when exported and may be controlled when shipped domestically to a person or institution of concern.

Export controls not only apply to complete, wild-type organisms, but also to genes of listed organisms and subunits of listed toxins, including genetically modified organisms that contain, and genetic elements that code for, those genes. “Genetic elements” include (but are not limited to) chromosomes, genomes, plasmids, transposons, vectors, and inactivated organisms containing recoverable nucleic acid fragments.

For additional information about export controls, please read the following:

Also see a list of export controlled organisms and toxins.

The Department of Transportation and International Civil Aviation Organization regulations require that anyone shipping research or clinical materials have an in-depth knowledge of the material being shipped. Due to these regulations, only laboratory and non-administrative clinical personnel are permitted to ship research and/or clinical materials via eShipGlobal.