Shipping human embryos is part of the IVF journey for many people. There are a number of potential obstacles that patients may encounter. However “difficult” is not “impossible,” as countless parents and IVF centers can attest. The Cryoport logistics and customer service team works directly with patients and clinics to make shipping as easy as possible.
Embryos being shipped internationally can face regulatory hurdles. For example, in Trinidad, the receiving clinic needs an import license to receive the shipment. That’s true in other nations, also. Sometimes regulations can change while your shipment is in transit. The use of standards-based regulatory guidance is growing internationally, and many countries that had few or no regulations for life sciences shipments are developing and implementing them. Because each nation establishes its own requirements and documentation, they often vary greatly, country-to-country. And, to clear customs, the documentation must be complete.
The process can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. To help ensure hassle-free passage through customs, Cryoport for example, contacts both the originating and receiving IVF center to ensure they coordinate the shipment, that the necessary documentation is prepared and that the receiving clinic is authorized by its government to actually receive the shipment. The challenge isn’t just with international shipments, though. Even within the United States, biological shipments may require special labeling, depending upon how they are listed.
Cryoport knows this and works with its carrier partners to streamline the process by providing the proper forms. When the Cryoport Express® liquid nitrogen dry vapor shipper arrives at the originating IVF center, it is pre-labeled with the information that was provided when the shipper was ordered. A “Time and Temperature Sensitive” label will be prominent. All the clinic has to do is open the box, insert the embryos, sperm or eggs, close the lid, tape it shut and call the carrier for a pickup. It only takes a moment. Cryoport’s advanced technology and attentive customer care specialists are making IVF shipments as safe – and as hassle-free as possible.
To find out more about IVF shipping, call 1-949-232-1877 or visit www.cryoport.com. We’re here to help!