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Model CAA Ops Manual Chapter for Medical dangerous goods transport by drone

Focus on UN 1851, UN3249 such as cytotoxic cancer treatments, and UN3373 such as blood samples. We expect that this model will help many pioneering hospitals and drone operators around the globe craft their own standard operating procedures and operations manual to carry medicines and blood products, and eventually improve access to care and patient health outcome.

As part of project INMED, The Drone Office developed the adaptation of “Operations Manual Entries for a Conventional Helicopter Operator Approved to Carry Dangerous Goods as a Cargo” for a model chapter in a Drone Operator’s Operations Manual for the transport by drone of medical Dangerous Goods as a Cargo, specifically UN 1851, UN3249 such as cytotoxic cancer treatments, and UN3373 such as blood samples,

with a view to obtain approval to conduct such operations from the Civil Aviation Authority.

The publication is available upon request here.

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About Project INMED

Project INMED is a collaborative research project funded by UK Research and Innovation through the industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The project unites a complementary team of industrial and academic partners, as well as end-user hospital trust:

  • DGP Intelsius Ltd, project lead

  • Milton Keynes NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

  • Cranfield University

  • Herotech8 Ltd

  • King’s College London

Special thanks are extended to:

  • Amit SINGH, Senior Service Deliver Manager, South Africa National Blood Service, SANBS, who shared his return of experience of flying blood units and blood samples by drone since 2019.

About UKRI

UK Research and Innovation is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas. For more information visit

About the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims to bring together the UK’s world leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. The fund was created to provide funding and support to UK businesses and researchers, part of the government’s £4.7 billion increase in research and development over the next 4 years. It was designed to ensure that research and innovation takes centre stage in the Government’s modern Industrial Strategy. It is run by UK Research and Innovation.


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