Last Revised: October 07, 2021
- COVID-19 patient samples from suspected or confirmed cases should be sent as UN3373, Biological Substances, Category B.
- Viral cultures or isolates of SARS-CoV-2 must be sent as UN2814, Infectious Substance, Category A.
* Additional training is required for authorized Penn shippers to send Category A packages. Reach out to Marie-Luise Faber for details.
- Please see the FAQ from the American Biological Safety Association [ABSA] below for details.
Requesting permits to import Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) requires a CDC Import Permit application to be submitted electronically using the eIPP system (https://eipp.cdc.gov/). Subsequent transfers of previously imported material containing SARS-CoV-2 within the United States also require a CDC import permit.
- Import isolates or cultures of SARS-CoV-2.
- Import infectious substances (e.g., blood, bodily fluids, tissues) that are reasonably expected to contain SARS-CoV-2.
- Import nucleic acids capable of producing SARS-CoV-2 (i.e., full-length genomic RNA extracted from SARS-CoV-2).
- Samples from experimentally infected animals that were infected with SARS-CoV-2 have not been inactivated or tested negative for the virus.
*A permit is required to transfer SARS-CoV-2 materials described above within the United States.
Permit Not Required
- Specimens or isolates/cultures of SARS-CoV-2 within the United States or its territories that were not generated from imported material.
- Nucleic acids encoding partial sections or fragments of SARS-CoV-2 incapable of producing infectious virus (i.e., partial or degraded SARS-CoV-2 genomic RNA).
- Diagnostic samples not known or suspected of containing SARS-CoV-2. See FAQ “Do I need an import permit” https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/ipp/faq.htm
copied from the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/ipp/
- USDA REGULATES the importation into the United States of COVID-19 isolates exposed to livestock or poultry products (such as eggs, fetal bovine serum, etc). The application is VS form 16-3, available on this web page.
- Please also obtain permitting information from CDC Import Permit Program.
- Additionally, US Fish and Wildlife Service regulates the importation of Vero cells under The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
- Permits for COVID-19 exposed to fetal bovine serum from countries considered as affected with Foot and Mouth Disease will require BSL3 handling (see "Country Animal Disease Status")