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|UN Dangerous Goods number for Solid Carbon Dioxide Dry Ice Class 9*
|UN Dangerous Goods number Infectious Substance (humans) Category A*
|UN Dangerous Goods number Infectious Substance (animals) Category A*
|UN Dangerous Goods number Biological Substance, category B*
|Third Party Logistics provider
|UN Dangerous Goods identification for Corrugated board outer box with a “universal” payload
|UN Dangerous Goods Class 6.2 (Infectious Substances) *
|An ISTA certified testing procedure designed to evaluate the effect of external temperatures on individually packaged products.
|95 Kilo Pascals, a value of pressure, defined in the regulations, that a container must remain leakproof when withstanding. *
|Material, typically fabric sheet, required by UN DG regulations to go between primary and secondary packaging to absorb liquid if the primary is ruptured. *
|European agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road, dangerous goods regulations.
|Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient. Often produced remote from the finished pharmaceutical
|Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products
|A thermal modelling program that allows us to conduct accurate thermal testing on packaging digitally
|Atmospheric testing chambers
|Large units that can be programmed to ensure testing can be conducted accurately against specific temperature profiles.
|A broad area of biology that involves the use of living organisms or parts to create different products.
|Computer Aided Design, a software tool for product design and visualisation
|Term for the sampling of cartons/products by use of a Computer Aided Manufacturing machine
|UN Dangerous goods classification for infectious substances*
|UN Dangerous goods classification for biological substances*
|Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation (sometimes called CMO) provides outsourced contracted services from drug development to manufacturing.
|Certified solutions are products that have been tested to ensure performance.
|The Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics is a globally consistent, recognised and standardised certification for pharma shipments in airfreight.
|UN Dangerous Goods classification for miscellaneous materials (Inc. Dry Ice) *
|A cold chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain.
|The preparation process for PCM materials required in a specific phase before use within a system
|To achieve accurate levels of temperature control, coolants are maintained at specific temperatures before being used to pack the payload.
|Typically, a semi-rigid sealed pouch of material, usually water based, for use a PCM within systems. Can be used generically for any sealed PCM system component
|Carboxy Methyl Cellulose. A safe natural polymer usually powdered highly absorbent of water/fluids. Also used in Gel bags
|Contract Manufacturing Organisation (sometimes called CDMO) provides outsourced contracted services from drug development to manufacturing.
|Clinical Research Organisation: 3rd party clinical trials operator
|European Medicines Agency (European federal pharmaceuticals regulator)
|Term to describe the testing of systems under simulated external environmental challenges most commonly thermal, shock and vibrational and humidity/moisture.
|Expanded Polystyrene, moulded or sheet insulation material
|Term for the optimised melting point of a blend of different chemicals
|Food and Drug Administration (US federal pharmaceutical and medical regulator)
|Term to describe the corrugated component of cardboard, usually given letter grades.
|Gel Packs/Gel Bags
|Sealed pouches of gel material, usually water based, for use as PCM within systems
|Good Distribution Practice (current c) a quality system for distribution (storage and transport)
|Good Laboratory Practice (current c) a quality system for laboratory operation and reporting
|Good Manufacturing Practice (current c) a quality system for manufacturing of product
|Human Fertilisation & Embroyology Authority
|Health Research Authority
|Human Tissue Authority
|A means of testing my pressurised fluid the ability of a container to remain leakproof at a given pressure (see 95kPa)
|International Air Transit Association (publisher of regulations)
|International Civil Aviation organisation (author of regulations)
|International Maritime dangerous goods regulations
|Investigational Medical Product
|ISO 9001 is defined as the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organisations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
|International Safe Transit Association, a testing and oversight body on transport of goods
|Labels indicating that packaging if fully compliant in accordance with various transport and government regulations.
|Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
|Mean Kinetic Temperature, a (disputed) measure of temperature exposure for products
|Open platform concept
|Indicates the software or product is open to users. This means it can be altered to suit user requirements.
|Operational Qualification, a quality process using a system to determine its efficacy
|In the temperature-controlled packaging sector, “Passive” packaging refers to solutions that operate without an electrical supply providing heating or cooling. Instead passive solutions use insulation and thermal media to ensure temperature control is achieved.
|Another word for ‘cargo’, or ‘product’ in the context of sample transport and temperature-controlled packaging.
|Perishable Cargo Regulations (issued by IATA) see Chapter 17 for relevant to DGP
|Pharmacodynamics (what the drug does to the body)
|A compound manufactured for use as a medicinal drug
|Phase 1,2,3 and 4 clinical trials
|Clinical trials stages prior to approval, each corresponds to a different component of the federal approvals process
|Phase Change Material/PCM
|A material which is intended to change physical phase (melt/freeze/sublime) at a specific temperature thereby providing thermal stability
|Pharmacokinetics (what the body does to the drug)
|Packing Instruction for Dangerous Goods, UN 2814 & UN 2900 IATA*
|Packing Instructions for Dangerous Goods, UN 2814 & UN 2900 ADR*
|Packing instructions for Dangerous Goods, UN 3373 IATA & ADR*
|A means of testing by pressurised air the ability of a container to remain leakproof at a given pressure (see 95kPa)
|Proof of Concept
|Proof of Technology
|Product efficacy refers to a products ability to produce the desired or intended results and is often used when discussing pharmaceutical products or vaccines. In the case of certain vaccines, temperatures must remain stable for the vaccine work when administered.
|Refers to the first layer of protection around a sample that is being transported. For example, a test tube or blood vial.
|Performance Qualification, a quality process testing a system to show its capability
|PU - PUR
|Poly Urethane Foam, moulded or sheet insulation material
|A process often involving testing of a component, specific system of components or process to determine whether a necessary standard of performance has been met.
|Qualified packaging solutions
|Packaging products that have been tested against industry accepted standards.
|A substance or mixture that is used for chemical analysis or chemical reactions.
|Real time tracking
|Refers to the ability to monitor data such at temperature and location while packaging is in transit.
|Dangerous goods regulations covering the transport of dangerous goods by rail
|The second layer of protection around a sample that is being transported.
|Labels that can be affixed to packaging solutions during transit, detailing address details and other relevant information.
|SMART packaging refers to packaging that has been combined with modern technologies such as real-time tracking.
|The organising of different samples and specimens into different categories based on their attributes. Classifying specimens correctly means they can be transported safely and compliantly.
|The character of a pharmaceutical or ingredient in response to different temperature exposures
|A printing plate for a single colour of print in a unique pattern
|Specimen or Sample transport packaging
|Temperature Controlled Packaging
|A situation where the payload temperature falls outside the desired temperature range.
|Temperature parameters include a maximum and minimum temperature that should not be exceeded.
|Temperature profile are comprised of a temperature-based data points that can be cycled through when testing temperature-controlled packaging.
|A product or item that can be adversely affected by changes in temperature.
|Temperature Sensitive Health Care Products
|Regulatory term for the materials covered in IATA PCR*
|A label where the appearance will change when subject to specific temperatures.
|Moulds, dies, fittings and stereos to permit production of a specific product
|Time out of Refrigeration: A measure of the stability of drug exposure to adverse temperatures
|Time and Temperature sensitive
|A digital platform that can be used for monitoring an item.
|Body responsible for the publication of model dangerous goods regulations which are followed to a greater or lesser extent in all subsequent DG regulations
|A standard way of packing or building a packaging solution that is replicated across multiple products.
|United States Pharmacopeia Federal guidance on good manufacturing practices in pharmaceutical production, storage and distribution.
|A means of testing by placing within a vacuum, the ability of a container to remain leakproof at a given pressure (see 95kPa)
|Vacuum Insulation Panel, high performance sheet insulation material
|A term for images and artworks which are scalable and can be manipulated by component
|Volumetric weight is often used when calculating shipping costs for large and lightweight packages. It is calculated from an item’s length, width and height but can be calculated differently depending on your courier.
|A paper grade for corrugated, available natural only
|Wholesale Distribution Authorisation. Anyone who procures, stores or supplies medicines must apply for an authorisation. (replaced Wholesale Dealers Licence WDL or WL).
|Extruded Polystyrene, sheet insulation material
*See appropriate Dangerous Goods regulations or contact a member of our Technical team for more details