Within the UK there are specific regulations which control the import of animal products and by products. An animal product or animal by-product means anything originating or made (whether in whole or in part) from a living or dead animal that is not intended for human consumption. This includes:
If you order animal-by-products known not to be infected or have good reason to expect that they are not infected with an animal pathogen, from a reputable company with a distribution centre in the UK, it is unlikely that you will need to apply for a licence, but you should double-check this with the supplier.
If you wish to import, other than from a reputable company, any such animal-by-products from within the EU (or certain Third countries), you can probably import the product under the Research Licensing Regime. The Research Licensing Regime provides general licenses/authorisations which you can download from the DEFRA website. The Research Licensing Regime has specific conditions for its use and only certain products are covered under these licences. which you can download from the DEFRA website. The Research Licensing Regime has specific conditions for its use and only certain products are covered under these licences.
General licences/authorisations are categorised as follows:
For any animal by-products that are not covered under the Research Licensing Regime, you must apply for an Animal Health Import Licence using the DEFRA IAPPPO1 and its supplementary forms.
The forms can be downloaded from the DEFRA website.
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