Genetically Modified Micro-Organisms

Summary: If you are shipping a genetically modified micro-organism (GMMO) or genetically modified organism (GMO), please read the following description.

Background: UCSC conforms to strict government regulations when transporting hazardous materials. Shipments must arrive at their destination in good condition and present no hazard during shipment. A GMMO or GMO is considered a hazardous material when shipped by air. Prior to shipping any hazardous material, please contact EH&S at (831) 459-2553.

GMMO and GMO Definition:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) defines GMMOs and GMOs as follows:

Genetically modified micro-organisms (GMMOs) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are micro-organisms and organisms in which genetic material has been purposely altered through genetic engineering in a way that does not occur naturally.

Note that the U.S. Department of Transportation does not regulate genetically modified materials. Therefore, GMMO/GMO shipments via ground transportation within the U.S. (e.g., UPS) are not regulated. However, all GMMO/GMO shipments by air, whether domestic or international, must comply with the applicable IATA Dangerous Goods regulations.

GMMO and GMO Shipping Instructions Click here for the GMMO and GMO shipping instruction sheet.

If you are unsure if your shipment is considered a GMMO or GMO, EH&S will research your item and advise you. Contact EH&S, (831) 459-2553.

Notice: The information presented on this page and elsewhere on this site is a summary of UCSC policies and national and international regulations. In case of a conflict in interpretation, the actual policies and regulations apply.