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The Top Five Shipping Concerns for IVF Clinics

Mon, Nov 04, 2013

Cryoport is a leading provider of cryogenic shipping for IVF clinics and because we’ve worked with so many clinics, we hear some of the same concerns.

Below are the Top 5 Concerns for Clinics:

  1. Will temperature be maintained?
    Yes, Cryoport uses a dry vapor liquid nitrogen dewar for the shipment process. Why is this important? Temperature variations during shipment reduce the clinical pregnancy rate, according to Irish researchers in the article, “O–289 Temperature variation during shipping of culture media - a hidden risk in ART?published in the journal Human Reproduction  http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/26/suppl_1/i113.short). Cryoport’s dry vapor dewars maintain contents at -150°C temperature for at least 10 days without spilling or leaking. Consequently, embryos are shipped at the same temperature at which they are stored, with no temperature excursions.
  2. What if I have questions or need to keep track of the shipment for a procedure  date?
    Cryoport works directly with the patient to set up tracking email alerts for all interested parties from patients to clinics. Our proprietary logistics portal gives our team insight into what is happening with the shipment 24/7 including pick ups, drop offs and customs scans.  The portal monitors each time the dewar is opened and closed. And, Cryoport’s customer care experts are only a phone call away, ready to answer any questions.
  3. Are you experienced?
    Yes, we ship temperature-sensitive packages throughout the world routinely and safely.  Our staff has years  of experience in life sciences and cold chain operations, with a deep history of shipping temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and medical samples. Our portal keeps data on every shipment and helps our team share knowledge such as holidays in China and what documentation is now required for shipments to Spain.
  4. What documentation is needed?
    Every shipment is slightly different depending on what it is (sperm, embryo), where it is coming from and where it is going. Cryoport has a network of sources keeping us up to date on regulations and we then work directly with the patient to identify the customs and documentation they need to provide for the shipment. Then we deliver the shipper with all the paperwork attached and ready for every leg of its journey.
  5. Is shipping expensive?
    When total costs are considered, IVF centers generally say that Cryoport is more cost-effective than purchasing, maintaining and retrieving dewars, and compares favorably with the competition. The individual cost of the shipment is inclusive of the dewar, logistics support and shipping costs so it can vary depending on the destination.

To find out more about IVF shipping, call 1-949-232-1877 or visit www.cryoport.com. We’re here to help!

Tags: Frozen Shipping, IVF, Embryo, frozen embryo, global IVF, medical tourism