GUIDELINES FOR IMPORTATION #1123
This Guideline applies to histopathological fixed slides which contain:
|a.||Uninfected animal material|
|b.||Animal material that is infected with microorganisms known to cause infectious, contagious, or communicable diseases of livestock or poultry which are fixed in 10% formalin; or|
|c.||Animal material that is infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) prions, Scrapie prions, or Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) prions fixed in formic acid.|
Does not include:
This Guideline does not apply to histopathological slides or other fixed slides which contain Foot and Mouth Disease virus or Rinderpest virus.
Microorganisms are potentially subject to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and must be cleared at the port of arrival before entry into the United States. A USDA permit is required for any microorganisms that are known to cause infectious, contagious, or communicable diseases of livestock or poultry.
However, specimen slides that are fixed with 10% formalin for a minimum of 24 hours; or BSE, Scrapie, or CWD prion agents fixed in 96% absolute formic acid solution for a minimum of 30 minutes, followed by emersion in fresh 10% formalin for a minimum of 45 hours, may be imported into the US without a USDA Veterinary permit.
In the case of histopathological slides which contain Foot and Mouth Disease virus or Rinderpest virus, importers must apply for a USDA import permit and include the method of inactivation.
A USDA import permit will not be required for the importation of histopathological slides if the following is provided in the shipping documents:
A statement from the shipper/producer which clearly states:
|1.||Detailed and accurate description of the materials.|
|2.||Confirming that the slides were fixed for a minimum of 24 hours in a 10% formalin solution; or slides with BSE, Scrapie, or CWD prions were fixed in 96% absolute formic acid solution for a minimum of 30 minutes, followed by emersion in fresh 10% formalin for a minimum of 45 hours.|
|3.||The slides do not contain Foot and Mouth Disease virus or Rinderpest virus.|
USDA, APHIS, VS recommends that this document be supplied on foreign producer/shipper letterhead, with the letterhead containing the physical address of the foreign producer/shipper. USDA, APHIS, VS further recommends that the documentation, written in a clear and concise manner, accompany each shipment, and be presented as a separate document for review by the DHS, CBP Agricultural Specialists at the U.S. port of arrival. We do not recommend that the foreign producer/shipper place this document inside the shipping containers.
Please instruct your shipper to provide this information. We further recommend that you provide a copy of this guideline to your foreign producer/shipper.
If the above information is not supplied, the shipment may be delayed. If the material to be imported cannot meet these criteria, then a USDA permit may be required.