Memo 12/09: Animal Product Import Licences

University Policy Statement S1/08 on animal product import licences has been updated to reflect recent changes in licensing arrangements. The current University-wide licences covering the animal product material being sent by collaborators from institutions in EU and non-EU countries expire on 13 August 2009.  However, we are no longer able to apply for such site licences. 

Individual laboratories will have to either apply for a specific licence or use one of the two main general licences (import licence or import authorisation) covering research material that have now been issued.  At present, these only apply to specified material from non-EU countries but they do cover most material likely to be imported.  Full guidance is provided in the policy, but please contact the Safety Office if further clarification is required.

DEFRA is now aware of the constraints imposed on research collaborations by, and difficulty in achieving full compliance with, licence conditions.  It is expected that there will be further changes with possibly more general licences being issued and/or relaxation of conditions.  It is worth noting however, that all such licences fulfil export requirements for countries such as the United States and therefore represent a means of expediting imports of animal material.

University policy will be updated to reflect any changes as soon as they happen.  Please note also that this policy note will be moved to the Annex of the Biorisk Management Policy that is to be published shortly.

Departmental action

Ensure that all laboratories engaged in biomedical or life sciences research are aware that the current arrangements for import licensing have changed and that individual licences may have to be obtained in advance of importing animal material.

August 2009