Where an imported food is directed for testing by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources under the
Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS), the testing must be conducted by a laboratory appointed under section 34 of the
Imported Food Control Act 1992.
The importer/owner of the food (or their authorised agent) must nominate an appointed analyst (laboratory) prior to booking an imported food inspection.
Prior to nominating a laboratory, the importer/owner (or their authorised agent) must:
- Check the required tests specified on the Food Control Certificate.
- Select a laboratory from the ‘List of Appointed Analysts’ table below, identifying that all of the required tests can be performed by that laboratory.
- Contact the laboratory to check that they:
- can perform the tests required on the food sample (as some laboratories are not accredited to perform certain tests on some classes of foods)
- have courier arrangements in place to collect samples from the department's collection sites (as some laboratories do not service all areas)
- will accept the nomination. Note: the importer/owner is responsible for paying the laboratory test costs and laboratories may require a deposit prior to testing
- Complete the
IFIS Laboratory Nomination Form and forward it to the laboratory. An inspection cannot be booked until the laboratory accepts the nomination and notifies the department via the form.
Alternatively, the importer can set up an ongoing commercial arrangement with an appointed analyst and the regional office via the form.
If the samples are still subject to biosecurity control (for example, uncooked pig meat) the laboratory must be an Approved Arrangement (AA) site i.e. an AA site (Class 5) – these locations are marked with an asterisk (*) in the table below.
Further information on how to lodge an imported food entry can be found at
Lodging import declarations and documentation.
List of appointed analysts