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Top Five Shipping Concerns for IVF Clinics

Tue, Oct 23, 2012

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

Below are the Top 5 Shipping Concerns for IVF 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.  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 pickups, drop offs and customs scans. It monitors each time the dewar is opened and closed.  Plus, 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 also 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 (egg, 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. We 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 say that Cryoport is less expensive than purchasing, maintaining and retrieving their own dewars. Many clinics decide not to buy, maintain and keep track of their own fleet of dewars. Additionally, the time and overhead involved in having their staff handle all of the logistics may take away from patient care. Many clinics find keeping up with the customs and documentation required for each shipment to be overwhelming. Many of the clinics we work with simply refer their patients directly to Cryoport to handle the entire process. The Cryoport Solution includes rental of the shipper, shipping costs, logistics coordination and 24/7 patient support. 

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

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