Laboratory materials

The information below is required to accompany applications to impor:

Antibodies

Applications to import purified antibodies (not including antisera) need to state the:

  • species of origin
  • country of origin
  • specificity (eg. raised against synthetic material, mammalian tissue etc.)
  • volume of smallest packaged unit
  • ransport medium (if any).

Animal Sera

In volumes of less than 20g or 20ml per individually packaged unit, include:

  • species of origin
  • country of origin
  • volume of smallest packaged unit
  • end use.

In volumes of less than 500g or 500ml per smallest packaged unit, include:

  • species of origin
  • country of origin
  • volume of smallest packaged unit
  • any relevant treatments (eg. filtration, testing for pathogens, etc.)
  • end use.

In volumes of greater than 500g or 500ml per smallest packaged unit, include:

  • species of origin
  • country of origin
  • volume of smallest packaged unit
  • any relevant treatments (eg. filtration, testing for pathogens etc.)
  • veterinary certification from an official government veterinarian, stating the species and country of origin, as well as the animal health status of the country of origin ( this certification must be provided prior to approval of the import permit);
  • end use.

All applications to import antisera must include the information from the relevant category above, plus information on the specificity of the antisera (that is, what it has been raised against).

DNA/RNA and other molecular biology products (BACs, YACs etc.)

Applications to import molecular biology products must include the products’:

  • species of origin
  • level of purification
  • end use.

Diagnostic kits

Applications to import diagnostic kits must include:

  • a complete contents list for the kit
  • a description of any animal derived materials (e.g. type of antibodies used, serum, etc.)
  • details of the purpose of the kit (e.g. to test for the presence of mouse hepatitis virus).

Note: this information is often covered by the package insert of the test kit.

Cell lines

Applications need to state the cell line’s :

  • species of origin
  • country of origin
  • end use.

Proteins (including enzymes, hormones, growth factors, etc.)

Applications to import proteins need to state the: .

  • species of origin
  • level of purification
  • size of smallest individually packaged unit
  • end use.

Microorganisms

Please note: An i mport permit is not required for many starter cultures (eg. baker's yeast, Lactobacillus spp.) Please refer to BICON for a list of these species, and the import conditions that apply.

The following information is required to accompany all applications to import microorganisms:

  • Scientific name including both genus and species (e.g. Escherichia coli). Note that for high risk species, serotypes/biotypes may also be required. If the microorganism can not be identified to the species level, provide a brief explanation of why.
  • Brief description of microorganism (e.g. pathogenicity and where it has been isolated).
  • Location where the organism will be held in Australia (e.g. at an approved arrangements site, for distribution to laboratories etc.).
  • Physical containment level (e.g. PC2) and/or AA site level (e.g. Class 5.2) of laboratory, if relevant.
  • End use.

In addition to that information outlined above the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department)  will require the following information to accompany all applications to import viral vector microorganisms:

  • Scientific names, including genus and species, of the host virus and the organism/virus from which the genetic insert was derived.
  • A description of the changes conferred to the host virus once the genetic material is inserted into the host genome.
  • Confirmation of the replication status of the viral vector i.e. replication competent or defective.
  • The form in which the viral vector is imported e.g. purified genetic material, encapsulated virion or transfected cell line.
  • The type and source of cell line and culture materials used to propagate the viral vector.

Animal tissue

No import permit is required for tissues fixed in either:

  • 2% gluteraldehyde
  • 70% alcohol
  • 10% formalin
  • 4% formaldehyde.

Please refer to BICON for the import conditions that apply.

The following information is required to accompany applications to import unfixed animal tissue:

  • species of origin.
  • dtails of the tissue type (eg. brain tissue infected with Neisseria meningitidis).
  • volume/size of specimen.
  • end use.

Food samples for laboratory analysis

The following information is required to accompany applications to import samples for laboratory analysis:

  • type of sample
  • country of origin
  • location to be held in Australia (e.g. at an approved arrangements site , for distribution to laboratories etc.)
  • end use.