IATA Infectious Substances Shipping Guidelines 16th Edition (2021/2022) Windows Software


This *single user* desktop application is now available as a convenient web download.  No CD’s, no sifting through pages of material – just download it straight to your computer.  See further details, system requirements, and learn about the new IATA Desktop Reader application below. Please review the listing carefully before you make a purchase. We will not provide a refund or exchange on any publication, book and/or software. If you require assistance locating the correct item please contact us.


SKU: ISSG21-S Category:


The ISSG is the complete, plain language guide to transporting any sort of infectious substance quickly and safely. In the case of laboratory tests, delays due to shipping problems could mean a delay to initiating the necessary public health response or identifying the treatment required for a patient. The ISSG contains documentation and packaging examples, checklists for every step of the process and shipping regulations for air, sea, road, rail, courier and the postal service.

Product Code: ISSG21S
Media: Digital/Software
Language: English
Edition: 16th (2021/2022)
Effective Date: 1st January 2021 – until. 31st December 2022



What's inside the ISSG?

  • Applicability (legislation, postal authorities, shipper, package supplier and carrier responsibilities, state and vendor variations)
  • Classification (UN numbers, classification criteria and scenarios)
  • Identification (list of dangerous goods, special provisions)
  • Packing (triple packaging, quantity limits, freezing or cooling, certified packing, overpacks, packing instructions)
  • Packaging performance tests (performance tests, finding the right packaging)
  • Marking and labelling (package use marking)
  • Documentation (waybill, how to complete the declaration form, sample documentation by material)
  • Handling (acceptance, checklists, refusals)
  • Emergency response (contact information, responsibilities, spills, leaks, first aid)
  • Training (national requirements, training schools)
  • Dangerous goods security (general provisions, training, high consequence provisions, security plans)

System Requirements

  • IATA Reader for Windows application
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/10
  • Intel Pentium or compatible processor
  • 16-bit colour display, 1024 x 768 resolution or higher
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.x
    • Administrator permissions are required for .NET installation
  • Internet connection (for activation, updates and downloads)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or higher
  • Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader software version 6.0 or higher

IATA Desktop Reader

All publications for eDownload from IATA are being migrated to one simple platform: IATA Desktop Reader.

This platform i​s free to download and install on any Windows® computer. This single application will gradually replace all of the IATA standalone applications previously and currently provided. When you purchase an IATA Reader document, there’s no need to install a new application on your computer. Just downloa​d the document, open it in IATA Reader and get to work.

Download it for free today: http://www.iata.org/publications/Pages/desktop-reader.aspx

Which version is right for me?

​In addition to printed books, many IATA publications are available in digital format.

The WindowsMobile (multi-platform) and Floating License formats make up the IATA eLibrary.

To determine which one is right for you and your organisation, watch the YouTube video and review the side-by-side comparison PDF available online here.