Certain biological materials are regulated by federal and international departments for importation and interstate transfer. If your lab needs to acquire biologicals for research purposes, you may need to apply for importation/transfer permits, import declarations for port of entry, or supply descriptive shipping documentation to insure proper passing through U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
See the chart below to determine your next steps.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Materials that are or may be infectious to humans
- Vectors of human disease
- Human or non-human primate remains
Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP)
- Agents on the Federal Select Agent and Toxins List
- Must also have approval from Responsible Official.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
- APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)
- Plant pathogens and pests
- APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS)
- Plant pathogens
- APHIS Veterinary Services (VS)
- Live animals
- Animal pathogens
- Animal products/materials
- cell lines
- recombinant proteins
- reproductive material (embryos, germplasm)
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
- Aquatic animals
Food and Drug Administration
- Treatments for human use
- Drugs and vaccines
- Medical devices
- Radiation-emitting products
- Food for human/animal consumption
- Tobacco products
Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
- Endangered species and their materials
The following is not an exhaustive list of materials that may require documentation or permits. If you have any questions please contact the biological import specialist, Devin Boyles.
If you are sending biological materials to another country, export regulations may apply.