IFN 05-21 - COVID-19 – Impact on the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (updated)

Date of effect: 14 September 2021


Food importers and brokers.


To advise importers and brokers that we are working to manage risks associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to provide an update on current operations under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme (IFIS).

Key points

  • The IFIS is currently fully operational including inspection officers and documentation assessment staff
  • A range of safety practices have been implemented, including virtual inspections and the use of personal protective equipment in accordance with recommendations made by the Australian Department of Health to border agencies.
  • These measures ensure adequate safeguards for inspectors, staff at businesses where inspections take place and other interactions with the broader community.
  • Appointed analysts have advised there are currently no changes to the testing of food samples.


  1. Check our website regularly or subscribe to our mailing list for up to date information.
  2. Check imported food notice IFN 03-21 -Imported Food virtual inspections for information on how to express interest in utilising virtual inspections.
  3. Check Import Industry advice notices for up-to-date information on Biosecurity Operations.

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Last reviewed: 14 September 2021
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