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How To Ship A Clinical Trial Sample

By FedEx | First published: March 16, 2023    Updated: November 14, 2023

When it comes to shipping biological samples for clinical trials, every second counts. Find out why speed and carefully controlled transportation conditions are essential to a clinical trial’s success.

Have you ever wondered how irreplaceable medical samples used in clinical trials are shipped safely? Whether you’re moving samples domestically or internationally, the successful outcome of clinical trials relies on logistics precision and a reliable, carefully controlled journey at every step.

At FedEx, we’re experts at the precision-controlled shipping used by the healthcare industry to support clinical trials. Our dedicated service, FedEx Clinical Care, is a world-class end-to-end shipping solution designed to meet these precise logistics needs. Every day, we transport precious biological samples at the exact speed and temperature required for a safe, compliant clinical trial.

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Biological samples need to be stored and shipped in temperature-controlled conditions. With a short-shelf life, any compromise to the quality of the samples can set a trial back by months - or even years.

Industry-leading cold-chain technology and years of healthcare shipping expertise mean we can manage samples of all temperature ranges, and handle the entire process, from packaging to paperwork. Real-time tracking and sensor technology allow us to monitor exact location and temperature conditions. A dedicated team monitors shipments 24-7, with predictive technology in place to map out contingencies in case of any unexpected disruption.

Check out the video below to understand how a typical biological sample journey plays out from origin to destination.
At every step of the journey, we’re committed to the integrity of the samples we transport. To find out how FedEx can support the shipment of your clinical trial product, reach out to us at or visit our Healthcare page for further details.

Please note that some of the above features of our FedEx Clinical Care service are subject to availability based on location. Terms and conditions and applicable laws and regulations apply.
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