Thursday, September 5, 2013

Organ Procurement Packaging Guidelines

Organ Procurement Packaging“Organ procurement organizations (OPOs) represent a unique component of health care. By federal law, they are the only organizations that can perform the life-saving mission of recovering organs from deceased donors for transplantation” – Association of organ procurement organizations.

There are 58 organ procurement organizations throughout the United States. They are all overseen by multiple government agencies and must obey the highest medical and ethical standards. OPO’s help give a gift more precious than anything: life to a person in need. With this being said, packaging for these organizations must be taken very seriously in order to properly deliver donated organs and tissues. The following are guidelines to adhere to while shipping commercially.

  • When shipping commercially, a disposable shipping box must be used.
  • The disposable shipping box must be labeled with the standardized label distributed by the OPTN contractor.

  • Disposable boxes are not allowed to be re-used.

  • The outer box must be a corrugated plastic or corrugated cardboard that is coated with a water resistant substance with at least 200 pound burst strength.
  • The inner container must be 1.5 inches thick, insulated container OR have an equivalent “R” value.
  •   A closed colored opaque plastic bag must be placed between the outer container and the insulated container. Closed is defined as being secured in a manner to prevent leakage (i.e. watertight).
  •   A second closed plastic liner must also be placed inside the insulated container to encase the ice. Closed is defined as being secured in a manner to prevent leakage (i.e. water tight). [1] 

Polar Tech would like to recognize these outstanding organizations, not only for the lives that they change; but also for their great cooperation with healthcare organizations and federal agencies.

It is an honor to work with such organizations and we are proud to be able to offer packaging solutions for them. We will continue to innovate and improve our line of products, so that we may always meet such guidelines for our current and future customers.

“The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation” – Robert Iger

For more information on Organ Procurement policies, including packaging specifications click here: 

[1] Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, (OPTN). Policy Management: Standardized Packaging, Labeling and Transporting of Organs, Vessels, and Tissue Typing Materials. 2/1/2013.