Marken Ensures Safe Transportation Of Select Agents And Toxins

Company Reaffirms its Specialist Capabilities

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, August 27, 2015 – In response to recent media reports on the decision by FedEx, UPS and The US Postal Service to no longer accept shipments of certain biological specimens classified as ‘select agents’ by the CDC,  Marken reaffirmed today their expertise and long history of handling these sensitive shipments.

Marken uses its flexible logistics network, knowledge of global transportation regulations, trained and certified personnel to ensure the safe and compliant handling of shipments containing dangerous goods, including pathogens, select agents, and toxins.

In the United States, the transportation and commerce of hazardous materials are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Hazardous Material Regulations under 49CFR and when transported by air, through IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Marken specializes in these types of shipments and can always fill the gap created by traditional logistics companies, whilst satisfying the regulatory recommendation for the ‘lost in the crowd’ approach for select agent shipments. 

All of Marken’s logistics locations ensure that dangerous goods are handled correctly by specially trained and certified Marken personnel who understand the regulations, compliant packaging and documentation needed to correctly label and declare the contents.  Shipments are carefully prepared for transport by aircraft, truck, or other means necessary to meet Marken’s on time and within specification promise for clients. Dan Bell, Vice President, Regulatory Compliance and Technical Affairs for Marken said, “Because of the nature of the clinical trial industry and the shipments we already handle, Marken is well positioned and uniquely qualified to transport these types of materials.  Marken moves over 50,000 shipments every month, many of which contain biological samples, clinical specimens, laboratory reagents and other highly regulated products. It’s what we have done for the clinical trials industry for the past 35 years, and our particular expertise in this area is why our clients rely on us each and every day to handle their sensitive shipments.”

More details and questions about shipping select agents and toxins can be directed to Marken’s Trade Compliance team at

About Marken

Marken is the leading global clinical supply chain solutions provider dedicated to the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries, supporting over 49,000 clinical investigators in more than 150 countries. Marken integrates Clinical Supply Center and logistics into solutions that extend the reach of clinical trials to even the most remote treatment-naive geographies. Marken is 100% dedicated to the clinical research industry and a specialist in the transportation of investigational medical products and medical devices. In addition to services such as the storage and distribution of clinical trial materials and drug products to investigators or the patients directly, Marken maintains a leading position for the shipment of biological samples and offers additional services such as shipment lane qualifications as well as GDP, regulatory and compliance consultancy.

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