Importing microalgae for human therapeutics or human consumption

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is responsible for managing biosecurity risks in relation to microalgae imported into Australia for human therapeutics or human consumption.

Before you import microalgae products to Australia, make sure you have met all import conditions set by the department.

Requirements for goods imported for human therapeutic use or consumption

Biosecurity and consumer safety and protection relating to products for human consumption is administered under two sets of legislation, each with its own purpose and requirements:

  • Food imports must meet Australian food safety standards as set out in the Imported Food Control Act 1992.
  • All products imported for human consumption (food, drink, medicine and therapeutics) must meet import conditions imposed by the department under the Biosecurity Act 2015.

When importing goods for human consumption, you will need to be aware of your responsibilities under both sets of legislation and make sure you comply with the requirements.

Import conditions

Conditions for imported microalgae for human therapeutics or human consumption are available through the department’s Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON).

Graphic image of the BICON launch button


For further information, you can email Imports or phone 1800 900 090.

Last reviewed: 14 September 2020
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