International Partnerships

“NDRI has been our US sourcing partner for over 20 years, and we are very happy with the timeliness, quality and service that we have received.”

— Satoshi Suzuki, PhD, Human and Animal Bridging Research Organization (HAB), Japan 

NDRI makes sourcing human tissue for your research needs easy, regardless of location, language or cultural differences. We are committed to ensuring high-quality tissue procurement and transport across international borders.

When you work with NDRI to obtain and ship human biospecimens:

  • You will always receive prompt replies to your inquiries from our experienced staff. Our facilities operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • You can start the process anytime/anywhere by using our online application form.
  • Our experienced logistics management team handles all required import permit documentation to enable uninterrupted passage through International Customs.
  • We package and ship your goods in compliance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations.


We have global experience

Some of the countries outside of North America that we’ve shipped to:

  • China (Shanghai) 
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Israel
  • Belgium
  • Chile
  • Columbia


For the purpose of air transport, IATA classifies human tissues and organs as Category B Biological Substances. As such, they must be tendered to the courier in accordance with IATA regulations (UN3373). NDRI’s staff and key sourcing partners receive annual training from an IATA-certified agent on the handling, packaging and shipping of hazardous materials and infectious substances.

About the International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Dangerous Goods Regulations (DRG) are the world airline industry’s guidance for preparing, packing, documenting and accepting dangerous goods for transport by air. It is essential that shippers, cargo agents and freight forwarders comply with these regulations to ensure safe and efficient transport of dangerous goods. Cargo handlers are responsible for ensuring compliance with regulations and can face potential fines for non-compliance. For more information about IATA, visit

For more information follow the link below or contact Strategic Initiatives:, 800-222-NDRI (6374), ext. 289

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