Additional Resources for Shipping Biological Agents

Within the Continental United States

    Some biological materials require permits to receive or ship biological agents. The list below provides links to federal and international organizations that regulate the movement of biological agents.

      USDA / APHIS:

      Animals, Animal Products, Animal Pathogen, Plant Pests, Soil, Genetically Engineered Plants or Plant Pests (PDF)

      Imported from Another Country

        Some biological materials require an import permit for import into the United States. The person on campus receiving the material is responsible for obtaining the permit.

          CDC:

          Human Pathogens

          USDA / APHIS:

          Animals, Animal Products, Animal Pathogens,Plant Pests, Soil,Genetically Engineered Plants or Plant Pests (PDF)

          USFW / CITES:

          Endangered Species / Products (PDF)

          Export from the United States to another country, or to a state outside the continental United States

            Always check with the person you are shipping materials to, as some countries require import permits for biological materials.

            Export permits:

            USDA / APHIS:

            Animals, Animal Products, Animal Pathogens

            USFW / CITES:

            Endangered Species / Products

            Export licenses:

            The Department of Commerce may require an export license for:

            1. A material, or
            2. The receiver of your material.

             

            Helpful Guides

            University of New Hampshire Shipment of Biological Materials Manual (PDF)

            Guidance on Regulations for the Transport of Infectious Substances (PDF)

            IATA Introduction to Shipping Biologicals (PDF)

            IATA Shipping Terms (PDF)

            IATA Shipment Types (PDF)

            IATA Shipping Instructions (PDF)

            IATA Specimen Flow Diagram - Packaging Examples (PDF)

            IATA Receiving Dangerous Goods (PDF)

            IATA Import/Export Shipping Information (PDF)

              Department of Environmental Health And Safety

              Main Office

              1800 Arthur Street

              Louisville, Kentucky 40208

              Phone

              tel (502) 852-6670

              fax (502) 852-0880

              Department of Environmental Health And Safety

              Radiation Safety Office

              319 Abraham Flexner Way

              Louisville, Kentucky 40202

              Phone

              tel (502) 852-5231

              fax (502) 852-8911

              Office Hours

              M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

              No holiday hours

              IH Service Account

              dehsih@louisville.edu

              IBC Service Account

              biosafe@louisville.edu