Rabies Titre Testing - Chennai to UK

#1 Feb 5th, 2013, 23:28
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Hello,

Has anyone gone through the process of sending blood samples to the UK for rabies certification?

If so, which courier did you use and how much did it cost?

I'm in Chennai and so far have contacted 3 couriers who say they will not ship (medical) blood/plasma samples from here to the UK.

All guidance appreciated!

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#2 Feb 6th, 2013, 13:21
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We keep getting reports about couriers that refuse to take the samples, especially from Chennai.
The solutions seems to be that a vet sends it through a courier.
In the past from Goa I have send samples by UPS and DHL without problems.
However, these day I send them with somebody who goes to Europe and who from there send it to the laboratory.
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#3 Feb 19th, 2013, 20:11
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Birds,

The solution recommended to me from my vet here is that I (or someone flying to the UK) take the sample to the UK and post from there to the lab.

I am amazed that all the couriers that I have spoken to are unable to do the job. I keep being told that its illegal to send blood/plasma through the post even if the packaging complies with UK/EU legislation.

Frustrating!

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#4 May 21st, 2013, 22:38
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Hi Caryad,

Have you been able to find someone to get the plasma sample to an approved Lab in the UK?

I am in Chennai too and yes, the couriers will not take it to the UK and it has been very frustrating!

The best alternative is to send through a passenger who is travelling to London. I am currently in the process of finding a passenger to take my cat's plasma to London. I need to call the airlines first to check if a small amount of dry ice is permitted (dry ice is a restricted item).

Look forward to hearing from you.
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Hi Birds,

How do you send it through a passenger? Dry ice is a restricted item with the airlines.

Is there any paperwork involved in sending the plasma packed in dry ice in a vacuum flask, via a passenger going to London?
#6 May 22nd, 2013, 02:12
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Hi, yes I sent serum with passengers and it works quite well.

I don't use dry ice, just a few ice packs in a cool pack and I put it in the checked in luggage, so not in the hand luggage. Most aircrafts seem to keep the cargo area really cold so that helps. The serum can be frozen before hand (it will stay good for a month if frozen immediately after centrifuging and it remains frozen).
Once you arrive in Europe you replace the ice packs with fresh ones and get the serum as fast as possible to the laboratory.

The parcel has to be packed according to UN3373 guidelines for category B Infectious Substances.
For exact requirements please have look here
It may look a bit complicated but it is not really.

Also, most laboratories have a procedure, usually some forms you need to fill in beforehand. So it makes sense to ask them what they all require. I always check the website of the relevant laboratory and then email them to confirm I understood all requirements. Across the EU the cost of the test is Euro 50.

Make sure your serum is not fatty (will look cloudy) or bloody (will look pinkish). It should be a yellowish, nearly clear specimen to do the test.

Lastly, should you not manage, you can contact Dr. Choudhary in Delhi and let her arrange everything. She is very helpful and it saves a lot of hassle.
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Many thanks Birds - your info is always very helpful!

Just checked with the airlines as well - they permit upto 2.5 kgs of dry ice if packed in a breathable thermocol pack. So it should be just fine.

My friend will pick it up from the passenger on arrival in London and take it to the lab immediately. Will speak to the EU approved Lab in London as well.
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I did not know there is an approved lab in London!
From what I know the UK uses this lab:

Biobest Laboratories Ltd
6 Charles Darwin House
The Edinburgh Technopole
Bush Estate, Penicuik
EH26 0PY, UK
tel: +44 (0) 131 440 2628
Fax: +44 (0) 131 440 9587
Emma.Blair@biobest.co.uk

Did you contact the laboratory beforehand? I know for the Biobest lab you need to fill in a request form beforehand. If you mail them they will send it to you.

If the laboratory in London is EU approved please let me know as that will make things so much easier!
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Hi Birds,

Here's the lab that DEFRA says is EU approved. Its in Surrey which is near London.

New Haw
Addlestone
Weybridge
Surrey KT15 3NB
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1932 357345
Fax:+ 44 (0) 1932 359519
email: lab.services@ahvla.gsi.gov.uk
www.defra.gov.uk/ahvla
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That is very good news! Did you contact them to confirm, etc.?
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Yes I did - they are listed on DEFRA as well.
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Hi Birds,

The serum sample has finally gone today. I sent it from Chennai to Delhi by Jetairways cargo and then Dr. Choudhary has sent it today to the lab in the UK. Many thanks for the contact.

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