A Guide to Biological Materials Permits

It is common, often necessary, practice to transfer biological materials while conducting biological research. Biological materials may be introduced to or removed from research facilities for a variety of reasons including:

  • Exchange of research materials with collaborators
  • Movement of faculty or research personnel for technical training
  • Faculty assignment/job transfer
  • Field studies

Whatever the reason, it is important to remember that import, interstate movement, and export (in some cases) of biological materials are tightly regulated by various federal agencies and may require permits. Biological materials permits are intended to ensure that these materials that may bear an infectious disease or environmental impact risk are not inadvertently released. Additionally, permits minimize the potential for clandestine or inappropriate use of such materials.

U.S. DHHS/CDC Permits

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Permits

USDA APHIS Electronic Permits

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Permits (50 CFR, Part 13)

Exporting Biological Materials

Material Transfer Agreements