CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)
Some cell lines available from ECACC are derived from species covered by CITES. Depending on the classification of the species, a CITES export permit or both export and import permits may be required. This affects a small number of cell lines i.e. 19 from our General Cell Collection. For further information and to confirm whether a permit is required, visit www.cites.org where your country contact is listed.
Should your order require an export permit we will invoice a fee per permit to help offset our processing costs. This will be detailed in your delivery charges. If an import permit is required send a copy directly to the Culture Collections as we will need to include it with your shipment. Please note UK export applications take approximately 3 weeks.
If your order requires a CITES export permit it will be sent by airfreight (not by door-to-door courier) to the nearest customs clearing airport. This means that you will need to arrange to collect your order from the airport. You will be notified by the Culture Collections with the necessary information, e.g. airway bill number and flight details, to enable you to arrange timely collection of your order from customs. You may find it beneficial to engage a customs clearing agent to aid clearance through customs.
Import Permit Requirements - Ordering from Outside the EU
ECACC cell lines and DNA products are available through Sigma-Aldrich who will take care of all the import regulations for you.
The following instructions only apply if you choose to order direct through the Culture Collections. Please note the Toxic Substance Control Act information on this page which is relevant to all USA orders.
Cell Lines of Livestock and/or Avian Origin
United States Federal Law regulates the importation of biological materials. An import permit is required from the USDA (as per USDA Guideline #1120) for cell lines of livestock and/or avian origin. The Culture Collections will, as far as possible, provide the necessary documentation requested by the USDA to satisfy questions of origin and freedom from contamination. Once a permit is obtained send it directly to the Culture Collections as we will need to include it with your shipment.
Contact the USDA for further information:
Address: USDA, APHIS, VS
National Center for Import and
4700 River Road, Unit 39
Riverdale, MD 20737
Telephone: (301) 734-3277
Fax: (301) 734-6402
Primate, Fish, Human and Rodent Cell Lines
Under the USDA 1998 guidelines, cell lines and products of cell lines which:
may be imported without an USDA permit. Therefore primate, fish, human and rodent cell lines do not require an import permit from the USDA (see USDA Guideline #1120). For further information about import regulations refer to the USDA website www.aphis.usda.gov.
There are no special import requirements for DNA
For import of NCTC LENTICULE Discs into the USA an import permit from the CDC is required.
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) - relevant to all USA orders
All chemical imports to the USA are subject to the Toxic Substances Control Act. The Culture Collections Terms and Conditions of Supply state items supplied are to be used for "research purposes only" and as such, cell lines and cell products being imported from the Culture Collections qualify for R&D exemption under Section 5(h)(3) of the TSCA. However, the importer (yourself) will need to certify compliance with Regulations 40 CFR 720.3 (cc), 720.36, and 720.78. These sections relate to procedural, record keeping and R&D requirements and can be found using the following website address: www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html
To complete the import documentation we require a FAX containing the following signed statement:
"I certify that all chemical substances in this shipment comply with all applicable rules or orders under TSCA and that I am not offering a chemical substance for entry in violation of TSCA or any applicable rule or order under TSCA."
Your order cannot be shipped without this signed statement. A form including this statement (TSCA Compliance Form) can be printed from the Culture Collections website. We will keep your certification on file for your future shipments. Please inform us if your certification becomes invalid. The Culture Collections will provide all the necessary documentation to accompany orders and cannot be held responsible if packages are delayed in US customs.
Health Canada has introduced regulations to control the importation of cell lines into Canada, and to ensure that adequate facilities exist for proper laboratory handling and containment of these pathogens. These regulations allow Health Canada to assess, control and manage the risk of inadvertent transmission of communicable disease caused by imported pathogens.
The regulations came into effect in 1994. An application to import cell lines into Canada must be submitted to Health Canada. After evaluation and approval by Health Canada, an import permit will be issued which must accompany the shipment of the cell line into Canada. A single- or multiple-entry permit will be issued according to the particular situation. Once a permit is obtained send it directly to the Culture Collections as we will need to include it with your shipment.
The Office of Laboratory Security, Health Canada, issues permits for the importation of cell lines. For further details contact:
Office of Laboratory Security
100 Colonnade Road, Loc. : 6201A
Ottawa ON K1A 0K9
Telephone: (613) 957-1779
Fax: (613) 941-0596
For import of NCTC LENTICULE Discs into Canada an import permit from Health Canada is required.
ECACC cell lines are available through Sigma-Aldrich who will take care of all the import regulations for you. The following instructions only apply if you choose to order direct through the Culture Collections.
All cell lines imported into Australia require a permit issued by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQUIS). Further details can be obtained by contacting AQUIS on + 61 2 6272 4578 or the AQUIS office in your State or Territory. Once a permit is obtained send it directly to the Culture Collections as we will need to include it with your shipment.
The National Department of Agriculture (NDA) and the Department of Health have a regulatory function with respect to the import of cell lines to South Africa. The origin of the cell line dictates which office you need to contact. Before sending your order to the Culture Collections contact both of these organisations to ensure that the correct procedure is followed.
The National Department of Agriculture
Department of Health
Private Bag X828
Telephone: 012 - 312 0000
Fax: 012 - 326 4395
Please confirm your country of origin from the list below.