BAG, BODY, plastic, biodegradable, 220 cm


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A single-use device, also referred to as a disposable device, is intended for use on one patient during a single procedure. It is not intended to be reprocessed (i.e., cleaned and disinfected or sterilized).
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BODY BAG, biodegradable


Bag used for enclosing human corpses, before burying or other funeral rite.



Quality standards

ISO 6383-1, 2015, edition 2, (confirmed 2020) Plastics - Film and sheeting - Determination of tear resistance - Part 1: Trouser tear method

Technical specifications

  • Biodegradable plastic body bag
  • White and opaque
  • Length: 220 cm minimum
  • Width: 88 cm minimum
  • Thickness: depends on the raw material but must be sufficiently resistant (150 µm for PEVA)
  • Waterproof
  • Tear proof
  • Zip on full length (U-shape is preferable), nylon links on cloth support.

Packaging & Labelling

Unit packaging

Instructions for use

Precautions for Use

Wherever possible, follow local customs regarding funeral rites.

This type of body bag is not appropriate for the management of contagious diseases (cholera and haemorrhagic fever). Other more robust models are available for this purpose (see related articles).


Shelflife in normal storage conditions (protected from humidity, sunlight, high temperatures and dust): minimum 3 years

MSF requirements

Biodegradable body bag, included in the standard medical kits.

Bag must be of an adequate quality to ensure it can be carried with no problems, in line with current regulations. It must be biodegradable.

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